- The CEO of Novare Consultants has been suspended with immediate effect after a video emerged which allegedly shows him assaulting a pregnant woman
- The incident took place at a fast-food outlet at the Featherbrook Village Mall in Ruimsig, Johannesburg
- Romeo Makhubela was caught on CCTV camera slapping 7-month pregnant Bianca Fourie
The CEO of Novare Consultants has been suspended with immediate effect after a video emerged which allegedly shows him assaulting a pregnant woman. Romeo Makhubela was identified as the man caught on CCTV footage slapping 7-month pregnant Bianca Fourie.
The incident took place at a fast-food outlet at the Featherbrook Village Mall in Ruimsig, Johannesburg. Makhubela allegedly lashed out at Fourie, the daughter of Freedom Front Plus councillor Amanda de Lange, after an argument about a parking spot.
Novare has launched an investigation into the matter which will be led by two non-executive directors and a leading South African law firm.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Novare has appointed an interim CEO from within the business to ensure the company continues to operate as normal. The company distanced itself from the incident and said it does not condone violence in anyway, shape or form and that Makhubela’s actions were not a reflection of Novare’s corporate culture.
According to de Lange her daughter who is seven months pregnant was waiting for an open parking which was partially blocked when Makhubela started shouting and screaming behind her.
De Lange said: “She ignored it and found another parking. When she walked up to Steers‚ he was waiting for her and wanted to know what her problem was. As you can see on the first Steers video footage‚ she avoided him and walked around him. He then lashed out and started attacking her‚ grabbing her phone.”
“He hit her outside the shop. He then came to the counter‚ and his driver went outside to talk to Bianca - telling her to put her phone away and walk away. On the footage you can see that the attacker then went to the door‚ starting to intimidate and threaten her again‚” said De Lange.
The video shows the man storming towards Fourie and punching her in the stomach.
De Lange said the entire incident was bizarre and completely uncalled for. She added that from time-to-time everyone was liable to get irritated and frustrated, but turning that irritation into physical conflict was unacceptable.
De Lange said attacking a pregnant woman is nothing short of barbaric.
Fourie is currently recuperating at home, she and the baby have received a clean bill of health from the doctor.
De Lange said she did not intend to fuel people’s anger. “It is a matter of violence against women and children and the fact that a lot is said about it but people’s attitudes need to change. As women and children in South Africa‚ we must feel safe and protected - not threatened and scared.”
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