Three People Arrested in Mpumalanga in Connection With Man Whose Hands Were Chopped Off

Three People Arrested in Mpumalanga in Connection With Man Whose Hands Were Chopped Off

  • The South African Police Service in Mpumalanga arrested three men who were connected to a gruesome incident
  • The men are facing charges of attempted murder after they allegedly cut a man's hands off with a panga
  • South Africans demanded that the men be given a life sentence if convicted guilty of the horrific crime

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email with CA in the subject line.

A Mpumalanga man's hands were chopped off and three people were arrested in connection with the crime
A man lost both of his hands, and the suspects were arrested. Mzansi was shaken. Images: David Talukdar and Westend61
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EMALAHLENI – Three men were arrested in Emalahleni in Mpumalanga after a man's hands were chopped off and he was left for dead. South Africans were horrified by the incident.

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Man's hands chopped off

According to TimesLIVE, the incident allegedly occurred after the man was approached by six suspects who were the occupants of a green Opel Corsa bakkie. The man was allegedly forced to enter the van at gunpoint, where his hands and legs were bound.

They then allegedly chopped his hands off with a panga, and they fled the scene. The police revisited the scene and found the man's hands. The victim is still in hospital. The man appeared in court on 26 March.

South Africans horrified by the crime

The nature of the crime angered many South Africans on Facebook, who called on the law to be harsh on them and give them lengthy sentences.

Sixolile Gasela Magwala said:

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"They deserve 45 years in prison with no possibility of parole, plus 11 years on the side."

Velocity Meme said:

"Life sentence is what they deserve. I can imagine the pain the man went through."

Mthobisi Ngcobo said:

"These men did a wicked thing."

Moses Kopa said:

"We need psychologists to assess us."

Batsosi Busang Motsepeng said:


Man kills mother and sister before decapitating them

In a related incident, Briefly News wrote that a man from KwaZulu-Natal killed his mother and his sister.

The man brutally killed his 87-year-old mother and his 39-year-old sister and proceeded to remove their heads.

A teenager who witnessed the horrific crime escaped and alerted the neighbours, who called the police.

Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: