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By unknown | Aug 31, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

A villager from Songeni near Thulamahashe in Mpumalanga is recovering in hospital after he was kicked and dragged by a cow he was tied to, losing most of his teeth in the process.

The man had been accused by his employer of spreading a dangerous rumour about him.

The employer allegedly sjambokked him and then tied him to the cow, which ran away kicking and dragging July Mathumbu, 43, helplessly along behind it.

Police confirmed the incident, but said no charges had been laid against the employer, Andrew Dzambukeri.

Mhala police spokesman Robert Makhubele said: "We are aware of the incident, but have not received a complaint. We can only take action if the victim lays criminal charges against his alleged attacker."

Mathumbu sustained injuries to his body and lost most of his teeth as a result of the incident.

He is recovering in the Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek where he was admitted yesterday.

"My employer accused me of telling people about his criminal activities.

"He punished me by tying my hands, legs and neck with rope to the horns of his cow," Mathumbu told Sowetan while being transported to hospital.

He said the cow kicked him in the mouth, genitals, body and head.

Mathumbu said he was saved by community members who untied him.

Dzambukeri denied the allegations against him saying Mathumbu was injured in a fight with another man.

He claimed he saw both men and intervened to stop the fight.

"He lost his teeth in that fight," Dzambukeri said.

But a witness, John Thumbu, said he helped stop the cow which they saw dragging a man. He was with a group of other people.

"We saw dust coming towards us.

"The cow was charging and dragging him and he was screaming.

"We chased the cow and that was when we realised that the man was tied to its horns.

"We caught the cow and untied the man," Thumbu said.


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