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Chainsaw gang tries to amputate triathlete Mhlengi Gwala's legs

08 March 2018, 01:48 | Donald Newman

Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala to undergo surgery after chainsaw attack By DESTINY MAN REPORTER

Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala to undergo surgery after chainsaw attack        By DESTINY MAN REPORTER

A South African triathlete was ambushed by people who did not want any valuable items, but instead pulled him into the bushes and tried to remove his legs.

When they got to the bone and couldn't cut anymore, they started in on his left leg.

The motive for the attack is unclear.

Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was undergoing surgery after the attack which occurred before dawn on Tuesday in the coastal city of Durban, said Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program for KwaZulu-Natal province. They had a chainsaw and went for one of his legs‚ which is the concerning part.


"We don't yet know how far they went in‚ whether they were trying to cut it off‚ or what the circumstances are".

Jackson said he was told the assailants were speaking in a language that Gwala could not understand.

"All we know is that Mhlengi is alive and he is talking and he is under medical care".

With a promising sporting career, Gwala had already competed in two worldwide triathlons.


"The doctors say they will save his leg, but it will be a long road to recovery".

Schoeman said there is a lot of damage to Gwala's nerves and tendons. "Absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on SA roads?"

A South African Police Service spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwani said: "A case of attempted murder was opened at Umbilo police station on Wednesday".

Gwala was cycling in Durban in the early hours of Tuesday morning when three men approached him, dragged him from his bike and to some bushes. "When they saw it was getting stuck they started on the other leg".


Gwala is a strong contender for the race which is a 40k cycle, 10k run and 1.7k swim.



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