Chainsaw-wielding gang randomly attacks South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala


Police are investigating a case of attempted murder after three men allegedly tried to saw off the legs of a triathlete who had been jogging in uMbilo on Tuesday.

Shange said the attackers only stopped cutting on one leg because the blade was too blunt and got stuck at the bone.

The attack reportedly happened in the early hours of Wednesday in Durban while Gwala was on a training ride. He is conscious. The circumstances seem really weird and I haven't quite got to grips with exactly what happened.

Doctors are confident they can save the athlete's legs, as the attackers missed a main artery. We don't know yet how far they went in. Jackson said. "From what we understand‚ he is in a cast".

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

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Schoeman said there is a lot of damage to Gwala's nerves and tendons. "Absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on SA roads?". But the attack escalated, and De la Porte told News24: "He tried offering them his cellphone and money, but they pinned him down and tried to saw off his leg".

Gwala was on a training ride on his bicycle before dawn in the coastal city of Durban when he was dragged off the road by three attackers, and they attempted to cut off his legs with a boring blade.

Mhlengi Gwala previously represented South Africa at worldwide competitions in Chicago and the Netherlands in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

The BBC reports that Gwala thought the three men were trying to rob him so he offered the attackers his wallet, phone, watch and bicycle.

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