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A Tembisa man had pieces cut off both his ears - simply because he did not have money or a cellphone on him.
But police have already arrested a man in connection with the incident. He will appear in court today.
Samuel Moyana, 29, of Ivory Park in Tembisa on the East Rand, was confronted by three men in an open veld area at the weekend.
When he told them he did not have any money or a cellphone on him, they stripped him of his trousers, beat him and then cut pieces off both his ears.
He was treated at Tembisa Hospital and discharged.
Moyana, wrapped in bandages yesterday, said he was in "terrible pain and that he wished doctors would give him artificial ears".
"I cannot speak properly or eat because the pain gets unbearable when I open my mouth," he said.
He said the men who assaulted him took the chunks of his ears with them. They also took his trousers, leaving him half naked. "I collapsed after they cut off my ears and when I came to I was being carried by a 'good Samaritan'."
Moyana said the men confronted him while on his way home after visiting a friend.
"It was at about 11am. I never imagined something like this could happen in broad day light. They pushed me around and dragged me to a shallow stream a few metres away. They kicked me, hit me and demanded I give them what they were looking for," he said.
He said the men threw him to the ground and two of them pinned him down while the other cut the pieces off his ears.
He said one man held him by the feet while the other pinned his hands down.
Moyana added that after being treated at the hospital, he was told to come back next week to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.