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South African singer Babes Wodumo is thought to have accidentally broadcasted live events of her partner physically assaulting her in her home.
In the 38 seconds of footage shown on her instagram page Babes Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, is seen being attacked, punched and pulled by the hair by a man.
The man who is reportedly her boyfriend and fellow musician Mandla ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo, interrupts babes wodumo in an Instagram session as is unaware of the filming going on.
The disturbing clip has sparked outrage in South Africa and has now become part of a police investigation.
A South African police spokesman said: “The national commissioner has ordered police to trace the whereabouts of Ms Wodumo so that a statement can be obtained from her and a case opened if indeed it’s her being assaulted in the video.”
Wodumo has however, declined to comment, but after a while re-posted the violent clip on her Instagram after the alleged attack.
Furthermore, her team posted on her Twitter account that ‘we would like to thank everyone for the messages (of) support about the early morning video’.
The post also said that he singer and performer of goom music which blends traditional African sounds with house music, will issue a statement later on Monday
Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said he was “horrified” and called on the singer to press charges.
In addition, Several high-profile women in the entertainment industry have posted messages of support for Wodumo.
‘My heart is really sad for Babes Wodumo and no women should have to go through this,’ wrote DJ Tira on her Instagram.
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