Ngoako Ramatlhodi denies assault allegations

North West police are investigating former Public Service Minister Ramatlhodi after Joseph Menge opened an attempted murder case against him.

FILE: Former public service and administration minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Service Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has denied claims that he and his guards assaulted his 43-year-old Congolese tenant a month ago.

North West police are investigating Ramatlhodi after the victim, Joseph Menge, opened an attempted murder case against him.

Menge spent time in the hospital recovering from third-degree burns.

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

Menge alleges that the former minister attacked him because he could only afford R20,000 of the required R40,000 demanded by Ramatlhodi after staying at his exclusive Hartbeespoort for two weeks.

However, Ramatlhodi’s lawyer Lazarus Mpoyana disputes the claims.

“Our client denies the allegations, vehemently so, and is allowing the authorities to do their work. Freely, at an appropriate time our client will give his side of the story to the public.”

North West police’s Sabata Mokgoabone says they are investigating.

“We can confirm that a case of attempted murder has been opened and it’s still under investigation. No arrests have been made at this stage.”

Menge says he wants justice for the alleged beating.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)