Car troubles stall gqom queen Babes

Babes was due to appear in court on Friday for assault.
Babes was due to appear in court on Friday for assault.
Image: Rajesh Jantilal

Babes Wodumo's manager and sister Nondumiso Simelane has blamed car troubles and a late-night show for the star failing to appear in the Durban magistrate's court on Friday, which resulted in a warrant for her arrest being issued.

Babes, real name Bongekile Simelane, was set to appear alongside Nondumiso and artist Thobeka "Tipcee" Ndaba after an unknown woman laid common assault charges against them at Umbilo police station in March.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said at the time: "The complainant alleges that on Monday evening she attended a gathering at a guesthouse in the Umbilo area when she was assaulted by four women, three of whom are known to her, after she got into an argument with one of them."

At the time, Naicker did not confirm that it was Babes Wodumo, however, a police source confirmed to TshisaLIVE that it was the gqom star.

Nondumiso claimed that a show on Thursday night coupled with car problems meant they weren't able to attend court.

"We actually had a gig last night, so unfortunately we couldn't make it because we [also] had car troubles and so on," she said on Friday.

She admitted that both hers and Babes's phones were off when their lawyers tried to get hold of them.

Nondumiso said they were not concerned about the warrant and were working to sort it out. "I was panicking as well because we did not know what to do, but we are sorting it out and the matter will be sorted soon."

She said the Wololo hitmaker was still confused by the charges against them and at first thought it was a joke.

"We are confused about what is going on but we will let the investigation take its course for now."

The case against Babes came days after her estranged boyfriend Mandla "Mampintsha" Maphumulo was arrested on charges of assault after footage of him slapping her several times went viral.

Mampintsha was released on R2,000 bail and opened a counter charge of assault against Babes.

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