Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane, the award-winning South African singer, is reportedly in critical condition. My Zimbabwe News has learned that the star was rushed to a private hospital in Durban after collapsing at her home on Friday night.
According to insiders, the death of her husband, Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo, has taken a toll on her.
Sources close to Babes Wodumo reveal that she has been struggling with depression and stress following the tragic deaths of her husband Mandla “Mampintha” Maphumolo in December 2022 and her mother-in-law Zamanguni Gumede who passed just 3 weeks later. The couple had been married for a year and a half and were known for their tumultuous relationship, which was marked by allegations of domestic abuse.
Babes Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, is a household name in South Africa’s music industry. She rose to fame with her hit song “Wololo” in 2016, which became an instant hit and earned her several awards and nominations. She is also known for her electrifying performances and unique style, which have made her a favourite among fans.
However, her success has been marred by personal struggles, including battles with substance abuse and rumours of infidelity. In 2019, a video of her being physically abused by Mampintsha went viral, sparking outrage and calls for justice.
Despite the challenges, Babes Wodumo has remained resilient, continuing to produce music and perform for her fans. However, the recent turn of events has left many worried about her well-being.
Sources say the “Wololo” singer has lost a significant amount of weight due to neglecting her health and turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her grief.
Speaking to the Daily Sun, Babes Wodumo’s sister and manager, Nondumiso Simelane, acknowledges her hospitalization but denies the reports of critical illness. She states that Babes Wodumo is being treated for exhaustion and dehydration, and the family expects her to be discharged soon.
The South African music community eagerly awaits updates on Babes Wodumo’s recovery, offering prayers and messages of support during this difficult time. We hope that she will make a full and speedy recovery and return to doing what she loves best – entertaining her fans with her music and performances.
The news of Babes Wodumo’s critical condition has sent shockwaves through the music industry, leaving fans and fellow artists deeply concerned about her well-being. My Zimbabwe News will keep you updated on her recovery and offers prayers and messages of support during this difficult time.