Why Babes Wodumo danced at her mother in-law’s funeral – 'I wasn't doing this to show off'

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Babes Wodumo is mourning Mampintsha and her mother in-law.
Babes Wodumo is mourning Mampintsha and her mother in-law.
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Some have called her disrespectful while others are sympathetic to all she's gone through lately. 

When Babes Wodumo danced at her mother-in-law's funeral, she was celebrating the life of her late husband's mom, she says. 

Bongekile Simelane (28), popularly known as Babes Wodumo, is again trending on social media following a video clip of her dancing next to her mother in-law’s coffin.

Zamanguni Gumede died on 15 January after being hospitalised following a minor stroke just weeks after her son, Big Nuz musician Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo, died. He also suffered a stroke. 

Babes spoke beautifully at Zamanguni’s funeral, and she also addressed her dancing.

She said she wasn’t trying to grab the eyes of the media but was showing her respect to her late mother in-law by celebrating her life.

“I wasn't doing this to show off or that I want the media to paint me in a good light. This woman lying here is also my mother, she gave birth to my husband. So God has taught me the ministry of forgiveness and I've done that,” she said. 

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Twitter users were unsure of her behaviour while some deemed it disrespectful. 

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