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Family members arrested for abducting man, chopping off his hands with panga

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Three people are set to appear in court following a horrific incident where a man was kidnapped and both his hands chopped off with a panga.

A Mpumalanga man was abducted and both his hands were chopped off in a vicious attack. File Picture: Ayanda Ndamane, Independent Newspapers

THREE suspects, aged between 20 and 55, have been arrested at Vosman in Mpumalanga following a horrific incident where a man was kidnapped and both his hands chopped off with a panga.

The attack happened last week and the abducted 30-year-old man was left by the attackers in excruciating pain and bleeding profusely.

Following an intensive investigation by police in Mpumalanga, the alleged attackers were arrested last week.

“The trio face charges of attempted murder involving a 30-year-old man,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli.

“The achievement comes as a result of vigorous investigation by the police team, resulting in the arrest of three suspects who are believed to be from the same family.”

He said after the incident occurred on Wednesday last week, several police specialised units and private security companies have been hard at work and they combined their efforts in pursuing the attackers.

“Details on the whereabouts of suspects was received. The information was then operationalised, which led the team to certain premises in Vosman, near Witbank,” said Mdhluli.

“On Wednesday night, March 27, 2024, it was proven that indeed hard work pays off as the team managed to corner the three suspects.”

In an update, police said the man who lost both his hands in the brutal attack remains in hospital, where he is recovering.

On Monday, when police revisited the crime scene where the abducted 30-year-old man was severely attacked, law enforcement agents found the pair of hands.

The three arrested suspects are expected to appear before the eMalahleni Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, facing charges of attempted murder.

Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has appealed to community members in the area to remain calm and allow the law to take its course.

She also saluted the investigators for the breakthrough in arresting the accused trio.

“Well done to the team for the arrest of the three suspects after spending sleepless nights for days. We are adamant that the remaining suspects will soon join in. We trust that justice will be served for the victim,” she said.

On Wednesday last week it was reported that the police in Mpumalanga had launched a manhunt for about six assailants who chopped off the 30-year-old man’s hands.

The hapless victim was walking on the road in Vosman, in the early hours of the morning last week, when he was abducted.

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