SOME people are outraged by media personality Masechaba Ndlovu. They are not pleased with the Metro FM afternoon drive show’s co-host’s attempt to expose kwaito star, Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo, as an abuser during an interview with his fiancée Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane. Masechaba’s noble act to have self-proclaimed queen of Gqom open up about abuse on radio was received with scepticism by many.
Even though there’s been so much noise made about her approach, Masechaba has decided to ignore it and encourage Babes to prevent the worst from happening. “Babes, we live in a country where women are getting killed left, right and centre,” she said.
The interview revealed that the Wololo hit-maker has apparently been a victim of abuse at the hands of her fiancé, Mampintsha. While some people applauded Masechaba's actions, others frowned upon her approach in addressing the matter. They argued that it was not Masechaba’s place to confront Babes about a personal matter on a public platform.
Actress Portia Gumede tweeted, “Masechaba went about it the wrong way. But let this sink in: Mampintsha could have ended up killing Babes Wodumo just like Oscar Pistorious did to Reeva Steenkamp. There’s never a right way to expose the abuser.”
Media personality, Pearl Thusi, also voiced her opinion about the interview. “It really upsets me because her story wasn’t told how she wanted to. What upsets me even more is someone laying hands on her. Nothing upsets me more than that.”
FAMILY BURIES THE HATCHET WITH MASECHABA
Babes’ father, Reverend Welcome Simelane, was among those who cried foul about the interview, expressing shock at the alleged abuse her daughter endured and accusing Masechaba of ambushing his daughter.
“It was clear from the interview that our daughter was not ready and was caught off guard by the presenter,” he said in a statement.
However, it wasn’t long before he sang a different tune. Welcome quickly changed his mind and told a daily newspaper that, “I want to inform you that Babes has arrived home and told us everything. She said she was relieved that Masechaba had asked her about the abuse and that she had responded out of her own will. I want to make it clear that we have no problem with Masechaba and my daughter is also happy and feels relieved after speaking out.”
STANDING HER GROUND
Masechaba has not responded to any of the negative comments about how she handled the matter but keeps reposting those that are supporting her actions.
When Move! contacted Masechaba, she declined to be drawn into discussing the matter any further and referred us to SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, who said, “There’s nothing new to what they said. I’ve read about Babes Wodumo’s abuse in newspapers. As an organisation, we will seriously deal with those issues that are in the public space whether they implicate well-known people or not.”