Triathlete attacked with chainsaw on training ride

08 March, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Mhlengi Gwala competing in an event in Durban in 2015

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".

A South African triathlete was reportedly attacked with a chainsaw on Tuesday (Mar. 6).

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

South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala
South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala

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

"He tried offering them his cellphone and money, but they pinned him down and tried to saw off his leg", said De la Porte. They missed a main artery, and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Jackson said.

"The victim was approached by three suspects who dragged him into the bush and they tried to cut his legs and he was severely injured before going to hospital". He dragged himself out of the bush onto the road and a private security vehicle picked him up and took him to the nearest hospital. Colleagues said the blade appeared to be too blunt and the men started on his second leg before stopping and running away.

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The attack has friends of Gwala and other athletes puzzled.

"I have never heard of any enemies that he may have", Jackson told the Associated Press.

"We don't yet know how far they went in‚ whether they were trying to cut it off‚ or what the circumstances are". Schoeman said on Twitter. From what we understand‚ he is in a cast.

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

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