Musician Mandla Maphumulo, popularly known as Mampintsha, denies accusations that he is an abuser.
Mampintsha was granted R2000 bail after he appeared at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court. He was charged with assault by his partner and fellow musician Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane.
His arrest comes after Babes Wodumo posted a live Instagram video in which Mampintsha is seen to be assaulting the popular singer.
Addressing media outside court, Mampintsha vehemently denied allegations that he is abusive and that he keeps Babes Wodumo captive to restrict her from performing at gigs. He places the blame at the door of a third force – people who are hell-bent on bringing him down.
“There are people behind this. I am not a monster. Before Babes became famous I used my money, I invested in Babes to help her. I would never groom a person [and] then deny her an opportunity to grow,” says the Big Nuz star.
He was asked how he would feel if people boycotted his music and stopped booking him for gigs as many have said on social media
“What have I done? Did I kill someone? By just slapping someone who was attacking you? They only saw one part of the video. I won’t respond to people who hate me,” says Mampintsha.
He alleges that Babes Wodumo has a drinking problem and is very violent when drunk. He says she has beaten him with his walking stick before and busted his lip.
“I have been in relationships before, I have never assaulted any woman before. She is my first [woman that I have beaten up]. Something is not right here.
“No one has heard my side of the story. They now want me to go see a psychologist. I am not sick. I am fine. I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I made a mistake, but you can’t be woken up by a woman assaulting you. Babes attacked me, I was provoked and I also beat her up,” concludes Mampintsha.
He has laid a counter-charge of assault against Babes Wodumo. His next court appearance is on Wednesday 15 May 2019.