Last updated on Jan 27th, 2021 at 11:50 pm
The nation is currently reeling from the footage that emerged this morning, where Mampintsha was captured abusing Babes Wodumo
The video was harrowing, to say the least, and dozens of Mzansi’s celebrities are calling for the West Ink founder’s arrest.
It’s easy to forget that a year ago, Babes and Mampintsha were one of Mzansi’s favourite couples and there wasn’t a hint of trouble in paradise on the horizon.
So how did we end up here? Let’s take a look through a timeline of their romance…
Mampintsha takes Babes under his wing
Although DJ Tira is credited as having “discovered” Babes Wodumo, Mampintsha took a lot of responsibility for converting her from a model into a musician.
This all took place back in 2013.
— BABES WODUMO 👑 #UMPHABAZO OUT NOW (@LINDA_DBN) April 19, 2018
Wololo was the real breakout moment for Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha’s fledgling musical partnership.
Babes became an overnight superstar and Mampintsha was by her side for the rise of her career as a manager and industry advisor. Anybody who wanted to book Babes would have to speak to her.
From friends to lovers
As well as a burgeoning career in the works, we soon discovered that these two Durbanites were also lovers.
They enchanted us with their authentic romance which saw them take their first ever flight, and share many other cute moments.
— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) October 19, 2016
Mampintsha – the control freak?
Perhaps the first concerning sign was when we noticed that Babes Wodumo was always featuring Mampintsha in her songs.
He was credited as a feature artist on every track on her 2016 debut album; he was by her side during every performance; and when she featured on the Black Panther soundtrack, he did too. In hindsight, this could have been a red flag, nodding to his reportedly controlling nature.
The signs were always there when Babes Wodumo became a band with Mampintsha always tagging along and featuring in every song kade empintsha omunye umntwana
— Thula Thula (@siphukuthula_L) May 18, 2018
Marriage on the cards?
Before long, Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha were rumoured to be married; then they were rumoured to be engaged.
There was even a pregnancy rumour in the midst of things. We will never know how close to the truth these rumours were.
BABES WODUMO & MAMPINTSHA ‘SECRETLY MARRIED & CELEBRATING pic.twitter.com/PxxTY3RDS6
— mzansistories (@mzansistories) May 16, 2018
Then came the day that changed everything in May 2018 when Babes Wodumo spoke to Masechaba Ndlovu on Metro FM.
Masechaba encouraged the Gqom star to open up about the abuse she had suffered at Mampintsha’s hands. This sparked a strong, yet mixed reaction from South Africans everywhere.
— Just Curious (@JustCuriousZA) May 18, 2018
Mampintsha hits back
Mampintsha refused to take this lying down and decided to issue his side of the story, condemning Masechaba Ndlovu for turning this into a public matter.
He did, however, appear to show remorse and promised to change.
Babes Wodumo decided to separate her brand from Mampintsha’s.
She went on to start her own record label, Wena Wodumo Entertainment, leaving Mampintsha’s West Ink Records, the label she had been signed to.
— Bongekile simelane (@BABESWODUMO) July 16, 2018
Within a few months of the infamous Masechaba interview, it was widely reported that Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha had reunited.
They went on to confirm just as much when they shared images of one another on social media.
— Vizz (@VideosTrending_) July 16, 2018
All the evidence we needed…
The writing has been on the wall for a long time and on Monday morning, Mzansi got all the evidence it needed in the form of a traumatising video.
In the footage, one can clearly see that all is not well behind the scenes with these two and one can only hope that Babes Wodumo receives the help she so clearly needs.
— Man’s Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) March 4, 2019