“I begged the pastor to leave me with at least one hand” – Mpumalanga man whose hands were chopped off narrates horror ordeal

Dumisani Mahlangu, a 29-year-old man who had both his hands brutally chopped off in Mpumalanga two weeks ago, has shared the harrowing details of the horrific attack that left him permanently scarred.

In an interview with Sowetan after being released from the hospital, Mahlangu recounted the traumatic experience.

“I begged him to at least leave me with one hand, but he said my friends must see what happens to people that steal from him,” Mahlangu recalled, his voice filled with emotion as he recounted the chilling words spoken by his assailant.

Although Mahlangu admitted to being a thief, he maintained that he was innocent of the crime he was accused of on March 20 when the brutal attack took place in Vosman, Emalahleni.

The incident, allegedly orchestrated by a local pastor and his son, resulted in charges of attempted murder and kidnapping being brought against them.

Describing the events leading up to the attack, Mahlangu explained how he was accosted by armed men who accused him of stealing from their church.

Despite trying to flee, he was overpowered, assaulted, and eventually restrained by the pastor and his son.

Recalling the terrifying moment when he realized the severity of the situation, Mahlangu said, “I did not know what they were going to do to me. They put my hand on the tree branch. I screamed when I saw the pastor with a panga and I begged him not to kill me.”

The case has sparked outrage and condemnation, shedding light on the dangers faced by individuals in vulnerable communities and the need for justice and protection for all members of society.

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