There was showbiz drama aplenty this week as gqom star Babes Wodumo gave Durban socialite Tha Simelane a hot klap, albeit remotely.
The singer’s legal team slapped Simelane with a lawsuit for his low-blow comment against the Wololo hitmaker. This after Simelane insinuated last week that Wodumo had taken cocaine during an online interview that has since gone viral.
Wodumo’s lawyer, Ayanda Mngadi of Ayanda Shazi & Associates, confirmed the lawsuit: “Yes, I can confirm that we have received instructions from our client to take action. It is a civil case of defamation,” said Mngadi.
She said the case related to what Simelane had said online about Wodumo. In the video, a visibly emotional Wodumo is seen touching her face as if wiping her nose. She then logs off from the chat.
Soon after, Simelane bursts into tears in the video, saying: “Babes won’t change. She took cocaine in front of everyone.”
But Wodumo and her equally famous lover and manager, musician Mampintsha, denied Simelane’s allegations.
Said Wodumo: “That hurtful statement was damaging to my brand, and my entire family was left broken. So, we decided with my manager to take action against Tha.”
Wodumo said Simelane had sparked unnecessary drama. She said she would turn her focus to her new album, due for release next month.
Asked for comment, Simelane said he had tried to apologise for his “slip of the tongue”.
“I have apologised profusely to Babes, Mampintsha and her entire family. There is no need to escalate this drama. I take responsibility for what I said.”
Wodumo said she had also opened a criminal case against Simelane at the Westville Police Station. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele confirmed that a defamation case had been opened.