If the teaser trailer for the upcoming season of Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha’s reality show, Uthando Lodumo, is any indication, the two lovebirds don’t seem to be aware that spring is traditionally a time for starting over, despite the fact that it is currently spring.
Showmax has just released the trailer for the newest season of their popular family drama, and it appears that fans of the show and those who are already familiar with their story will be receiving more of the same.
The Gqom superstars Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane and her husband, Mandla Maphumulo, also known as Mampintsha, will take their fans behind the scenes of their rollercoaster life beginning on September 1, 2022, on the Showmax Original reality program.
During the first season of Uthando Lodumo, we witnessed the controversial couple successfully conclude their lobola negotiations, celebrate their star-studded wedding, and anticipate the birth of their first child, who is now fondly referred to as “Sponge.”
Now, the family of three is back on Showmax for yet another action-packed season that delves deeper into their lives.
The new season, according to the streaming platform’s promises, will show what life has been like for the couple, pulling back the curtain to reveal the story behind the most controversial headlines of the past year, while also demonstrating how the couple’s careers are progressing. This will be accomplished while also demonstrating how the couple’s careers are evolving.
The promotional video for Uthando Lodumo demonstrates how Babes and Mampintsha cope with the pressures that come with establishing a life together with their spouse.
“It is becoming quite evident that Babes is not about to take a step back while Mampintsha is working hard to rebuild wounds with his wife and his mother. It is up to Mampintsha to have the uncomfortable chats and try to convince his family to understand why Babes is putting up such a struggle about giving people access to her baby.
Mampintsha expressed her displeasure by saying, “It doesn’t sit well with me when our relatives are battling one other.”
As part of the “mamezala drama,” also known as the “mother-in-law drama,” Babes is pressuring Mampintsha to “be a man” and make a choice that will either further alienate his mother from his wife or separate his wife from him.
Showmax describes the upcoming season as having incredible highs and moments of raw honesty between Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha. This will be the fourth season of the show.
The trailer does not appear to address the issue of whether or not Mampintsha has stopped abusing his wife physically. This is one question that does not appear to have been answered.
You should be concerned about Babes Wodumo after watching Showmax’s Uthando Lodumo.
Mampintsha does make an effort in Uthando Lodumo to sort of atone for assaulting Babes Wodumo, but that is about all that is done to make amends for the incident.
It is a very unsettling experience to see Babes and Mampintsha’s new program on Showmax called Uthando Lodumo.
It’s not that I don’t like Uthando Lodumo; it’s just that there are better shows out there. It provides a look inside the dynamic of a pair that has been at the forefront of media attention ever from the moment they broke through to the mainstream that has never been seen before.
However, there is a certain something about it…
The idea that a journalist should maintain objectivity in their reporting is a fundamental principle of the profession. Even though I acknowledge that impartiality is of the utmost significance in the work that we perform, I also believe that it is not always what is required when dealing with certain stories.
This is due to the fact that I am a black woman first and a journalist second. This fact forms the foundation for my understanding of the world and everything it has to offer.
GBV in SA
Because of the prevalence of gender-based violence in this country, the government and non-governmental organizations that are active in this field have dubbed it South Africa’s secondary pandemic. This designation was given because of the severity of the problem.
According to Global Risk Insights, in the first three weeks of the lockdown, the government’s GBV and Femicide Command Centre, which is a call center to support victims of GBV, recorded more than 120,000 victims.
In addition to this, the organization states that the rate of femicide in South Africa was already five times higher than the worldwide norm prior to the country being placed under lockdown as a direct result of the global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus.
In a nutshell, the situation was disastrous on a worldwide scale, and it has not really improved since then.
As a direct consequence of this, I, along with a large number of other women, live in the continual terror of being abused, raped, kidnapped, or murdered. Not just by some creepy unknown person, but by any male I might one day find myself attracted to romantically associate myself with during the course of my existence.
In addition to having personally experienced some form of intimate partner violence at some point in their lives, the majority of South African women personally know someone who was or is being abused, regardless of race, age, social status, or career. This is the case regardless of the fact that the majority of women in South Africa are employed.
When I watch Uthando Lodumo through this perspective, I can’t help but hear the sound of Mampintsha hitting her every time I see the couple on screen. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t shake the image of the two of them together on screen.
Uthando Lodumo is a three-part special that covers the couple’s days in the lead up to their nuptials as well as the moment their separate circles find out that they are becoming parents.
A wedding special was aired in honor of Minnie Dlamini and Quinton Jones.
A wedding special was shown in honor of Somizi and Mohale Mhlongo-Motaung.
Dineo Moeketsi and Solo got one too.
The program on Babes Wodumo’s wedding, on the other hand, is distinct from the other three in that some viewers, concerned for her safety, do not feel the excitement that is typically associated with the passage of such a significant milestone.
The fact that he glorifies the fact that he fell in love with her when she was still a young girl with a “fit body” adds to the dread that already surrounds their relationship. As if the dread that already surrounds their relationship were not enough.
That is not a sentiment that a man should feel proud to have towards a young woman.
It is inappropriate for a man with so significant authority to make statements like this from a public platform. He is paving the way for other grown men to feel okay about having romantic connections with minors on the basis that “Mampintsha did it too.” This will make it easier for other males to pursue such relationships.
Trying to avoid being assaulted
Mampintsha’s use of highly euphemism wording while referring to the incident in which he was caught assaulting her is another issue to consider.
In the entries he has made in his Uthando Lodumo diary, he refers to it as “drama,” ” witchcraft,” or “a mistake,” but he never refers to it as what it actually is: assault.
However, how Babes feels about being beaten by her partner does not change the fact that someone who claims to love her saw nothing wrong with doing her harm. In most cases of intimate partner violence, there are people who will argue that there is no reason to care because the person who is being abused does not appear to be bothered. However, the fact that Babes does not appear to be bothered by being beaten by her partner does not change the fact that someone who claims to love her saw nothing wrong with doing her harm.
In the show, Mampintsha does make an effort to, kind of, atone for his “sins,” by attending relationship counselling with Babes and apologizing to her family; however, this is about all he does to make amends for his actions.
As viewers of Uthando Lodumo, we are not privy to the events that transpired after he extended an apology to her (if he apologised to her).
The moment he addresses what he has done and how serious it even was felt like an afterthought. This is similar to the nonchalance with which he discusses how much his cheating bothers his soon-to-be-wife and the mother of his son.
However, despite all of this, I still watched all three episodes because, like the other individuals who attended Babes’ bridal shower, I found myself caring about the young girl and wishing nothing but the best for her.
And if Mampintsha is the man she has decided to spend the rest of her life with, then we can only hope that he puts in the effort to develop himself into the kind of person that her family would be pleased to see her spend the rest of her life with.