MD's ‘demon rage attack’

2017-12-17 06:00
Tim Rametse

Tim Rametse

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A top private healthcare executive has been suspended after allegedly assaulting a close female relative and two friends in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

Tim Rametse, managing director at AfroCentric Health Solutions, faces an assault charge after allegedly beating up a male friend, a close relative and a friend of the relative at his home in the posh Johannesburg suburb of Bryanston.


As the country marked the end of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, Rametse allegedly flew into a “demon-possessed” rage against his relative’s long-time friend, Joy Gaomphe.


Gaomphe’s bruises were clearly visible this week, as was the scarring around her eyes and on her face and body. Adding to her distress this week was the fact that her friend (Rametse’s relative) was trying to convince her to drop the charge.


On Monday afternoon, when Gaomphe (45) told her friend she was laying the charge, Rametse’s relative responded: “Oh friend, you are so justified.” Then, later that night, she messaged again, begging her not to.


“Hey friend. I pray that you don’t hate him more than you love my children. They need his income,” the relative wrote.


“You’re my family and there’s got to be another way that doesn’t affect my boys. They are innocent. Please allow us to talk this through.”


With her voice breaking and tears running down her cheeks, Gaomphe told City Press that the trouble began when she and her friend arrived at Rametse’s Bryanston home after attending the Legends of R&B concert in Pretoria last Saturday. He and another couple had been enjoying a braai and drinks.


At the end of the evening, Rametse allegedly became enraged and began assaulting his male friend after the women asked him to carry the drunk man to his car.


“He asked that we women go into another room and he started beating the guy up. Then [his relative] tried to intervene. Then he started beating [her] and threw her against the sliding door. He kicked her and she fell to the ground, then he dragged her to the next room. He sat on top of her, choked her and I’m there trying to pull him off her. Eventually he gets up and goes back to the other guy to attack him,” Gaomphe said.


The assault continued until the man’s relative ran to the car to fetch pepper spray and sprayed it around the room. The couple then left.

Gaomphe alleged that, as she began walking towards her car to leave, Rametse “looked like he was demon-possessed and he slapped me and he started kicking me and hitting me”.


“He was hitting my face with his fists. [His relative] pulled him away from me. I tried to run towards the house and just as I was reaching the door, he kicked my back and I fell on my forehead – that’s how I got that bump on my head,” she said.


Gaomphe blacked out and woke up surrounded by security guards, police and paramedics, who took her to hospital.


While at the hospital, Rametse’s relative told Gaomphe she had asked the police to keep him in the holding cells, but when they returned to Bryanston to fetch her car, she saw Rametse getting out of a police van and joking with two officers.


“I froze. I saw the man who attacked me. I grabbed my keys and went to the Douglasdale Police Station to open a case. They phoned the officers who were at the house, who said [the relative] was prepared to open a case against him and that if she did, my statement would support hers. I wrote the statement and left,” Gaomphe said.


But the relative did not lay a complaint and police told Gaomphe to return to the station and lay a complaint herself. This was accompanied by a doctor’s report, which City Press has seen.


Douglasdale police confirmed a case of common assault was opened and under investigation, but said Rametse had not been arrested.


Since the attack, Gaomphe said she had blocked calls and messages from Rametse who had allegedly been trying to apologise.


Neither Rametse nor his family member had responded to calls and text messages seeking comment sent since Wednesday. Initially, Rametse agreed to comment.


Modjadji Tati, executive director for human capital at the AfroCentric Group said: “The company learnt of the matter on Tuesday and was officially informed of it on Wednesday. There was a meeting held on Wednesday between Ms Gaomphe’s legal representative and myself at the AfroCentric Group offices. Mr Rametse was officially suspended at 4pm the same day.”


Tati said they condemned all forms of abuse – especially during a period when the country was observing the 16 days campaign.


“As a socially responsible company, it was very important that we act with speed on such a serious allegation. Even though the matter occurred within a private space, it is important to take a stance that indicates to the alleged victim that we take the information provided seriously,” Tati said.


“We will closely monitor developments around this case.”

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