It seems like controversy just can’t stay away from Babes Wodumo. The South African singer recently found herself in the midst of a social media storm after politician Gayton McKenzie mentioned her late husband, Mampintsha, during a funeral speech. And let’s just say, Babes was not pleased.
“When Mampintsha died the government jumped like popcorn to bury him but when AKA died the government didn’t jump they refuse to help the family” Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie
“The difference between AKA and Mampintsha is that Mampintsha is black and AKA is… pic.twitter.com/dKQcNuBRUB
— MDN NEWS (@MDNnewss) October 14, 2023
The video of McKenzie’s speech quickly went viral, with people expressing their opinions and sparking heated debates. But it was Babes Wodumo who stole the show with her fiery response on Twitter.
In her tweet, Babes accused McKenzie of using Mampintsha’s death to further his own agenda, suggesting that he was trying to gain votes. She wrote, “Bazokhuluma ngawe nom ungasekho sthandwa sam ngoba befun ukufeza inhloso zabo. Kubuhlungu angfun ukuqamba amanga kodwa sizobekezela. Mampintsha akulon igama lenu lokufuna amavoti.”
This loosely translates to: ‘They will talk about you even when you are gone, my dear, because they want to achieve their goals. It hurts, I don’t want to lie, but we will be patient Mampintsha is not your name to seek votes.’
Bazokhuluma ngawe nom ungasekho sthandwa sam ngoba befun ukufeza inhloso zabo. Kubuhlungu angfun ukuqamba amanga kodw sizobekezela☹️☹️☹️😢 Mampintsha akulon igama lenu lokufuna amavoti😡 pic.twitter.com/Pu8uEL4tOl
— BABES_WODUMO (@BABESWODUMO_ZA) October 14, 2023
Babes’ response sparked mixed reactions from her fans. Some urged her to ignore the noise and focus on healing and getting back into the music game. Others applauded her for speaking out against what they saw as a disrespectful use of her late husband’s name.
But let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture here. Funerals are supposed to be a time of mourning and remembrance, not a platform for politicians to push their own agendas. It’s understandable that Babes Wodumo would be upset by McKenzie’s speech, as it seemed to take advantage of her husband’s death for political gain.
Furthermore, the comparison between how the government treated Mampintsha’s death and AKA’s death is a sensitive issue. McKenzie claimed that the government showed favouritism towards black individuals while neglecting those who are coloured. This sparked a lot of debate and discussion on social media, with people sharing their own experiences and opinions.
It’s important to remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it’s also crucial to approach these discussions with respect and empathy. Funerals should be a time to come together and support one another, not a battleground for political debates.
As for Babes Wodumo, we hope she finds the strength to ignore the noise and focus on healing. Losing a loved one is never easy, and dealing with public scrutiny only adds to the pain. Let’s give her the space and support she needs during this difficult time.