Robbers try to cut off SA triathlete's leg with chainsaw

by Steven Clarke March 8, 2018, 1:23
Robbers try to cut off SA triathlete's leg with chainsaw

Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala was badly injured when robbers attacked him with a chainsaw on Tuesday morning, News24 reported.

Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was biking to a training session before dawn Tuesday when the attackers pulled him off his bike, dragged him into bushes and started sawing into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone. The athlete had offered his cell phone, wallet and bicycle to the assailants, who still went for his legs and were speaking in a language that Gwala could not understand, Jackson said. Director of the Elite Athlete Development Programme which Gwala is part of, Dennis Jackson, told TimesLive that the motive is a mystery.

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

Gwala‚ who has been part of the programme for four years‚ has represented South Africa twice in global triathlons.

Gwala's training partner Sandile Shange told the BBC the 26-year-old is stable in hospital and his injuries are not life-threatening.

It was then that they took a saw and began to cut his legs.

A crowdfunding initiative was announced on the Ironman South Africa Facebook page‚ as the organisation expressed its sadness at the attack on the triathlete‚ while sending him "best wishes and a speedy recovery".

Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala told the BBC that an investigation into the attack was been launched.

"The chainsaw wasn't that sharp and they couldn't get it started".

Doctors are confident they can save the athlete's legs, as the attackers missed a main artery.

"Mhlengi doesn't know why they left".

Triathlete Henri Schoeman broke the news of the attack on his verified Twitter account and pledged his support for Gwala. "Absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on SA roads?".

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