Joseph Menge opens attempted murder case against Nkgoako Ramatlhodi

Joseph Menge claims Ramatlhodi and his guards assaulted him because they failed to agree on how much rent he would pay.

FILE: Former Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The man accusing former Cabinet minister Nkgoako Ramatlhodi of assaulting him in July says he was stripped naked, beaten and burnt in the face with an electric iron.

Congolese citizen Joseph Menge claims Ramatlhodi and his guards assaulted him because they failed to agree on how much rent he would pay for the former Public Service Minister's house in the North West.

Ramatlhodi resigned from Parliament in April after President Jacob Zuma removed him as Minister.

The 43-year-old has since opened a case of attempted murder against Ramatlhodi.

Menge says he met Ramatlhodi in Menlyn where the former minister offered him accommodation at his exclusive Westlake and Safari Estate in Hartbeespoort.

But he says after staying at the house for two weeks, their failure to reach an understanding on rent landed him in the hospital with third-degree burns.

“They started boiling water and throwing it on my body, putting an electric iron on my face, they warmed a frying pan and put it on my head and now I can't see properly with the left eye."

Ramatlhodi's lawyers say they are aware of the accusation but want to let the police do their job.

The police's Sabata Mokgoabone says they are investigating the matter and no arrest has been made.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)