The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in KwaZulu-Natal has confirmed that “Gqom” artist Bongekile Simelane, popularly known as ‘Babes Wodumo’, has officially dropped assault charges against her boyfriend “Mampintsha” whose real name is Mandla Maphumulo.
The charges were dropped in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court. Simelane had opened an assault case against Maphumulo after a video made rounds on social media earlier this year.
In the video Maphumulo is seen being physically violent to Simelane.
The NPA’s provincial spokesperson, Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, says the two decided to resolve the matter during their sessions through an alternate dispute resolution.
“Both the accused and the complainant in this matter appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The charge against Maphumulo was withdrawn because both he and the complainant had adhered to that agreement to undergo and an ADR process and this case both parties agreed to undergo some sessions with FAMSA and court presented them with those dates and they stuck to them. They stuck to their commitment with regard to that and the charge was withdrawn because it was resolved alternatively.”