Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Bandits ambush triathlete, almost saw off his legs

Mhlengi Gwala has represented his country twice in international competitions and is tipped as a future star of the triathlon circuit Mhlengi Gwala has represented his country twice in international competitions and is tipped as a future star of the triathlon circuit
Kristopher Love | 07 March, 2018, 18:28

A South African triathlete is recovering after three men allegedly tried to cut off his legs with a chainsaw during a training ride.

"They dragged him to the side of the road to some bushes, took a saw and started cutting his legs".

He reportedly said Gwala is none the wiser as to why the attackers left.

De la Porte said she spent the whole day with Gwala at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

Dennis Jackson, director of the Elite Athlete Development programme for KwaZulu-Natal province, revealed that he spoke with Gwala, 27, who was awake after having surgery. He is conscious. The circumstances seem really freakish and I haven't quite got to grips with exactly what happened.

The motive for the attack is unclear.

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

He tweeted: "A friend of mine, cycling in the Durban area was robbed by three people this morning".

Shange said the attackers only stopped cutting on one leg because the blade was too blunt and got stuck at the bone. They managed to saw through half of his one leg and found that their weapon was blunt. "We also need to make a stand so that we can cycle safely her in South Africa because we all know it is very unsafe (for cyclists) at the moment", said Schoeman.

Gwala was due to compete in the South African national championships this month.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that the attack had not been reported and could not comment further on the issue.

Jackson said he would miss the South African Triathlon Champs in Bloemfontein in two weeks' time.