Families of the men who were attacked at Nyanga taxi rank on May 24 have disputed claims that the victims penis’ and tongues were cut off. Reports surfaced last week on Wednesday 24 May suggesting that the victims’ bodies had been mutilated by attackers.
However, the families of the victims have refuted these claims and said that their loved ones were beaten up by a group of men using imvubu and iron bars.
The mother of the youngest victim, Avumile Fadana(15), spoke out about the incident. She said that the first thing she did when she arrived at the hospital was to check if her son’s pipi and tongue were intact. “People are lying, my boy’s pipi and tongue are safe and sound. He was beaten up by imvubu on his back, and he was shot twice in his arm,” said Landiswa Fadane(32).
Other families, who chose to remain anonymous, also spoke out against the allegations of mutilation. They confirmed that the victims’ pipiz and tongues were not cut off, as had been reported.
Police spokeswoman Brigadier Novela Potelwa said cops are investigating the incident. Meanwhile, the victims continue to receive medical treatment for their injuries, with many still in a critical condition. The families have called for justice and for those responsible to be held accountable for their actions.