Mhlengi Gwala, South African Triathlete, Attacked With Saw

Clyde Nash
March 8, 2018

Absolutely shocking and disgusting report out of South Africa today, where triathlete Mhlengi Gwala was allegedly the victim of a brutal chainsaw attack.

A promising South African triathlete almost lost his leg after he was attacked with a chainsaw in Durban.

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

According to his athletic sponsor Sue de la Porte, Gwala offered his attackers his cell phone and cash but they just pinned him down and tried to saw off his leg.

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"When he spoke to doctors they said they will be able to save his leg and he will be able to walk and run again but it is a long walk to recovery", Shange said.

Mhlengi Gwala, an aspiring Ironman competitor who has represented South Africa at triathlon events since 2015, encountered three assailants while riding a training bike on Tuesday, as reported by ESPN and the Associated Press.

Gwala was reportedly training near the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday morning at around 3.15am when he was approached by three men and dragged into the bushes.

Gert Oosthuizen, the deputy sports minister for South Africa, has already spoken out about the attack, calling it a "totally unacceptable" assault on a "star athlete" of the country. "When they saw it was getting stuck they started on the other leg".

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"I haven't quite got to grips with exactly what happened", Jackson told TimesLIVE.

Jackson said it was unclear why they attackers suddenly stopped and left. "He is a wonderful ambassador for the sport".

"How safe are we on SA roads?"

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