Couple attacked at Mpumalanga resort

Johannesburg - A couple have been attacked with pangas while staying at a resort at Pienaar Dam in Middelberg, Mpumalanga, police said.

It was believed they were assaulted by a group of men that broke into their house on Friday morning, Col Leonard Hlathi said.

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“I can confirm the crime did happen and Mpumalanga police are investigating the matter,” he said.

“The couple were driven out the house by a substance that was lit and thrown into the house by the [suspects]. The smoke filled the house. It was when the two went out the house for fresh air that they were attacked.”

The attackers made off with cellphones and a purse and a search was launched.

Local Democratic Alliance spokesman Willie Venter said Deon van der Merwe and Katrien Fourie were attacked with pangas and a hammer after six men gained entry to their house at the resort.

“The couple were hospitalised and are still receiving treatment,” he said in a statement.

Hlathi said the man and woman were badly injured but were in a stable condition.