Kwaito star and the other half of Big Nuz passed away early yesterday morning, and Babes Wodumo, his wife, is inconsolable over the loss of her husband.
After suffering a stroke a week ago, Mampintsha passed away on the 24th of December, a day before Christmas, at the age of 40.
It was confirmed by Mampintsha’s record label, Afrotainment, that the Ngeke hitmaker had just returned from a performance when he suffered a minor stroke. He was taken to the Durdoc Hospital in Durban for treatment.
When the celebrity passed away yesterday, his wife, Babes Wodumo, who he shares a son, Sponge, with, reportedly lost it and went into convulsions.
According to reports, a listener of Ukhozi FM who is close to the family called the KwaZulu-Natal radio station and said that while the family was waiting for a mortuary vehicle to come and collect Mampintsha’s body, Babes Wodumo allegedly jumped on her husband’s lifeless body and began to dance.
In addition to this, it is said that she climbed on top of him and pleaded with him not to abandon her.
Sponge, who was born to Babes and Mampintsha, is now 18 months old.
The suffering that Babes Wodumo is going through as a result of the passing of her husband has moved South Africans who use social media to express their condolences.
“Oh, how my soul aches for her… He was her ideal companion in life, her business partner, and her best friend. They spent literally every waking moment together, with the exception of the times when we weren’t around to witness it. She’s got a long way to go… We can only hope that she will come back even stronger.”
“These are trying times for Babes. I have my fingers crossed that she will pull through this nightmare.”
“Eish, this will either send Babes Wodumo completely over the edge, or it will be the turning point that she has been so desperately seeking. Rest in peace, Mampintsha”
“…and some of Lucifer’s children are rejoicing in their father’s defeat.”
A number of users on social media have expressed their joy at the news that Mampintsha has passed away, claiming that this means Babes Wodumo can finally be free.
Over the course of the last few years, videos have surfaced showing the late singer of Big Nuz abusing Babes Wodumo physically. In spite of everything that happened between them, the two musicians were able to make up and stay together.
After a lengthy courtship lasting several years, the couple finally tied the knot in 2021.
IN OTHER NEWS: Syndicates in South Africa take out insurance policies on their victims, and then they kill them after collecting the payouts.
Fraud investigations conducted by life insurers have uncovered additional evidence of deathly get-rich-quick schemes, according to an article written by Laura du Preez for the consumer financial education website SmartAboutMoney. In these schemes, syndicates obtain funeral insurance policies on victims whom they later murder in order to file a claim.
According to Megan Govender, convenor of the Forensics Standing Committee at the Association of Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), there has been an upward trend with unnatural deaths in the last few years. Syndicates, particularly in the Eastern Cape, look for every opportunity to exploit, and there has been an increase in the number of unnatural deaths in recent years.
According to new statistics that were just made public by ASISA today, organized criminal gangs were complicit in 68 out of 3,268 instances of fraudulent activity involving funeral policies in 2017. In four of these instances, those who were supposed to benefit from the proceeds of the policy were instead involved in the fraud.
Syndicates are knowledgeable about the policies and procedures that life and funeral insurers follow. In some instances, they commit murder against the victim. According to Govender, in other cases, the criminals obtain the bodies of poor people from mortuaries and then stage hit-and-run accidents.
According to him, insurance syndicates have begun employing runners or mules to carry out their work in response to the increased efforts being made by insurers to uncover fraudulent activity.
It’s not always organized crime groups that are responsible for murder; opportunists and even family members have been known to kill for life insurance payouts.
A mother and her daughter were murdered in a field in the Eastern Cape last year, and according to Govender, one life insurer is currently investigating a suspicious case that arose last year when cover was taken out a day before the murders.
The murder trial of a former South African policewoman named Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu, who was sentenced to six life sentences for the killing of her partner and five members of her family in order to collect on the funeral and life insurance policies that were taken out on their lives, sent shockwaves through the country last year.
Pastor Melisizwe Monqo and the hitman Phumlani Qhusheka were both given life sentences in December of 2018 for the murder of a member of God’s Work International Ministries whose life they had insured. The murder took place in 2018. Siphosihle Pamba, who was married to Monqo, was given a sentence of twenty years in prison.
According to the statistics provided by ASISA, high-profile cases involving murders were a contributing factor in the R787.6 million in fraudulent and dishonest claims on funeral, life, and disability claims that were discovered in 2017.
Watch out for those who are susceptible.
Because of the rise in the involvement of syndicates, one South African life insurer has issued a warning to residents of the country who have family members who are addicted to alcohol or drugs and/or live on the streets, advising them not to let shady individuals take advantage of them by obtaining their identity documents and purchasing life insurance policies on their lives.
According to Priyen Moodley, an independent Forensic, Risk, and Business Intelligence Consultant, syndicates apply for cover for individuals who are homeless, sick, abusing substances, or who are involved in gang or criminal activities.
After a short amount of time, typically less than two years, the insured person dies in an unnatural manner from gunshot wounds, a stabbing, or a hit-and-run accident, and it is revealed that the motive was the insurance claim.
According to him, in other situations, members of the individual’s family purchase life insurance for them because they are aware of the dangers they face.
Carina Thompson, a manager at Xtnd, a company that works with Assupol and specializes in forensic and fraud detection, claims that people from all walks of life are susceptible to becoming victims of fraud, but those who are without a home and those who are addicted are especially at risk.
She says that there are times when they are forced into assisting criminals in providing false information to insurance companies in order to initiate a policy.
Moodley recommends that relatives who are vulnerable should be encouraged to get counseling or to enter rehabilitation. In addition, he advises them not to discuss private matters, such as their identification numbers, with unknown individuals.
Funeral policies favoured
Funeral policies are frequently used by killers who intend to make a profit off the deaths of their victims because it is simple to obtain the cover and it pays out quickly (some companies will pay out in as little as four hours).
In the event of an accidental death, funeral policies typically have shorter waiting periods or none at all.
The benefits of a policy can reach as high as R100,000, and some insurers will pay out twice as much in the event of an accidental death. There is also no cap placed on the total number of policies that a person can purchase.
Keep yourself safe
According to Moodley, you have the right to make contact with that insurer to verify this if you know or suspect that someone has taken out cover on your life in an irregular manner. This applies whether you know for sure or just have a suspicion.
Alternatively, he suggests that you get in touch with your financial adviser and ask for an up-to-date list of the policies that have been taken out on your life.
According to Thompson, there are also consumer websites that offer free reports to users. In exchange, the website may ask for your permission to provide your information to a financial advisory firm. If this is the case, you should expect to be asked for your permission.
The R608 billion that was paid out to honest policyholders and their beneficiaries in the previous year, according to Govender, only a small portion of those claims were fraudulent or dishonest.
However, he believes that if dishonesty and fraud are allowed to continue unchecked, it will eventually lead to higher premiums for those who are honest.
If you are aware of any fraudulent activity, this is a good reason for you to blow the whistle on it.
Moodley claims that insurance companies provide fraud reporting hotlines, and that you can also file a report with the South African Insurance Crime Bureau or with the local police.
You are free to make anonymous reports, but he advises that you do so in a factual manner, providing as much information as you can about who is involved in the alleged fraud and how it is committed.
You can also help reduce the incidence of fraud by notifying the South African Police Services and the Department of Home Affairs about the loss of your identity documents or cards and doing so as soon as possible.
During the course of the previous year, insurance companies discovered 2,271 cases totaling R295 million that involved fraudulent documentation.
Criminals commit insurance fraud by using identification documents to manufacture fictitious deaths, forge birth or marriage certificates, purchase insurance policies, and file false insurance claims.
Moodley recommends that you also report missing documents to the South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS), so that they can alert you that your identity may have been stolen.
When you provide the death certificate or the death report on a member of your family, according to Thompson, you should make sure that you use only the correct and credible details of the institutions involved. Criminals can make a profit off of the passing of your family member by using a death certificate or report.
It is also considered fraudulent to misrepresent the facts. Insurers discovered over 3,000 instances totaling R487 million in which policyholders had lied about the facts of their situations.
According to Govender, it is an extreme case of lack of foresight to either misrepresent or withhold essential information, such as that concerning one’s way of life or their health.
“When claims are declined as a result, this is likely to have devastating financial consequences for those financially dependent on a policyholder,” he says. “This is likely to have devastating financial consequences for those financially dependent on a policyholder.”
In one extreme instance that was discovered in the past year, a nurse submitted her claim for a severe illness benefit using the blood of another individual. She stated that she was infected with HIV as a result of a needle injury she sustained at work. She claimed that the injury caused her to become HIV positive.
The results of the investigation showed that such a thing did not occur. Her attempt to defraud the insurance company resulted in a R10,000 fine and a five-year prison sentence that was suspended.