A German tourist received treatment in a hospital in Port Elizabeth after assailants assaulted him with a bat and then stabbed him with a knife.
The 69-year-old man’s right arm is badly injured because of the assault with the bat.
It is believed that the incident happened at the Bydand Guest House in the Addo area around 01:15 on Thursday morning, about 60 km outside Port Elizabeth, where the man and his wife stayed overnight.
Capt. Police spokesperson Gerda Swart said the man had apparently woken up from outside the room and investigated after seeing shadows. He apparently opened the sliding door to find out when three men rushed into the room.
One of the men had a firearm and the other two were armed with a bat and a knife.
The German was hit with the bat and then stabbed with the knife. The man’s wife started screaming, after which the attackers ran out and disappeared into orchards.
Nothing was taken in the incident.
The owner of the guesthouse took the tourist to a hospital in Port Elizabeth.
On inquiring to the guest house, a man who did not want to give his name on Thursday said he did not want to comment on the incident.
Swart says a case of attempted murder is being investigated and Addo police are working with the detectives from the Uitenhage police area to investigate the incident.