Mandla "Mampintsha" Maphumulo funeral

Fans and colleagues paid tribute to South African musician Mampintsha at a memorial service in Durban on Thursday, 29 December. Image via Twitter @angryxosawoman

Drama over Mampintsha’s body outside mortuary [watch]

The Gumede and Maphumulo family are allegedly at loggerheads once again over the late gqom star Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo’s

Mandla "Mampintsha" Maphumulo funeral

Fans and colleagues paid tribute to South African musician Mampintsha at a memorial service in Durban on Thursday, 29 December. Image via Twitter @angryxosawoman

The controversial family of the later Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo, has once again made headlines and topped the Twitter trends list for the wrong reasons, following reports that his mother Zamanguni Gumede, was denied access to his lifeless body at a Durban-based funeral parlor.

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The musician succumbed to a stroke on Saturday morning, 24 December, following a short stint in hospital. Videos of the Mampintsha’s family wreaking havoc outside the Clermont Icebolethu funeral parlor in Durban, have garnered a lot of attention on social media. It seems the gqom star will not have a peaceful send-off if the videos are anything to go by.

The clips shared by IOL senior journalist Sihle Mavuso, have raised eyebrows as Mampinstha’s family is seething with anger after allegedly being denied to see his body prior to the funeral service. The families are allegedly at loggerheads over Mampinstha’s body and the funeral arrangements. In the video, the angry group can be heard berating Babes’ family and asking “what did she do to you” and “she only wants to see her son”.

“WATCH: It looks like Mampintsha’s funeral will be marred by war of words between those from his mother’s side in KwaMashu and the family of Babes Wodumo. Apparently, this unnecessary drama unfolded outside the mortuary earlier today” wrote Sihle Mavuso.


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It is no surprise that the families are at war again as they have been at loggerheads for a while now. There have been nasty words exchanged between them on social media.

In 2020, Zama called out the Simelane family on social media for excluding her from her son’s wedding. She accused Babes Wodumo’s father of being a criminal and alleged that Babes was faking her pregnancy. In response, Babes returned the aggression and hurled insults at her. The family appeared to have reconciled in the latest season of Babes and Mampinstha’s Showmax reality show Uthando Lodumo, but war is brewing again.


Daily Sun reports that Zama said she was not informed of her son’s passing. According to her, she learned of Mampintsha’s death through social media. “Mpintsho passed away on 27 December 2022, but I was never informed. I only learned from the media that my son had passed on.”

She added, “I was hoping to get formal communication from my in-laws but that never happened.”

Zama said she was at the funeral parlor to request permission from Babes to see her son’s body, but she was not able to see it. “In fact, I don’t know where they kept his body, so the purpose of my visit was to request Babes to give me permission to see Mpinstho’s body before the funeral.”

“I understand she lost her husband but I also lost a son,” she said. Babes Wodumo’s sister Nondumiso Simelane told the publication that she informed Zama’s kids, but that Zama did not follow up. Hence, they started making funeral arrangements without her presence.

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