The assault case involving Mandla 'Mampintsha' Maphumulo and lover Babes Wodumo took an interesting twist on Wednesday when the matter was referred to Families South African (Famsa) for mediation.
In a day of drama, Babes, real name Bongekile Simelane, made her way to the Pinetown Magistrate's court where Mampintsha appeared on Wednesday.
Prosecutor Ndoda January told the court that an agreement for the case to be referred to Famsa had been reached by both parties.
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Mampintsha handed himself over to police in March after a video was posted on Babes’s Instagram live, in which a man can be seen slapping her. He was released on R2,000 bail.
Mampintsha's lawyer Pat Magwaza told TshisaLIVE outside the court that the case of assault still stood against Mampintsha amidst wide speculation that gqom star Wodumo would withdraw the charges against Mampintsha after the pair got back together.
"[Famsa] is to try and resolve the matter between the two," said Magwaza.
Neither Wodumo or Mampintsha could be drawn to talking to the media after the sitting. They will both be back in court on June 11.
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Earlier in the day, Wodumo appeared in the Durban magistrate's court where she, her sister Nondumiso Simelane and artist Tipcee appeared on a separate assault charge.
The case against them was opened at the Umbilo police station following an alleged assault incident that took place at a guest house in March. The case was adjourned and referred for alternative dispute resolution (mediation) as well.
The trio will be back in court on May 31.