Mhlengi Gwala, South African Triathlete, Attacked With Saw

South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala is recovering in hospital after a roadside attack left him seriously injured, as unknown assailants seemingly attempted to hack off his legs with a nearly-blunt saw on Tuesday. Mhlengi doesn't know why the attackers suddenly stopped and left. It's unclear why, TimesLive said. Absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on SA roads?

Gwala was able to drag himself to a road where he was able to get help. Gwala thought the men were coming to rob him so he offered them his bike and everything else of value he had.

Jackson said Gwala told him that the attackers sawed into his right calf (with a tiresome blade), damaging muscle, nerves and bone.

A South African Police Service spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwani said: "A case of attempted murder was opened at Umbilo police station on Wednesday. When they saw it was getting stuck they started on the other leg", Shange continued. He is conscious. The circumstances seem really freaky and I haven't quite got to grips with exactly what happened.

"I have never heard of any enemies that he may have", Jackson said. They then started on the other one.

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"We don't have the whole story as yet".

Gwala, who was set to compete in the South African national championships this month, was undergoing a five-hour surgery for his injuries, said Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program for the KwaZulu-Natal province.

Gwala has represented South Africa at worldwide competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands a year ago.

Sandile Shange, a training partner of the triathlete, told South Africa's Eye Witness News Gwala was shaken and battling to make sense of the incident.

Reportedly, doctors say Gwala will be able to walk again.

  • Lawrence Cooper