South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala is lucky to be alive after a chainsaw-wielding gang tried to cut off his legs. Gwala was reportedly training near the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday morning at around 3.15am when he was approached by three men and dragged into the bushes.
A crowdfunding campaign has been started with the aim of raising funds for the Durban triathlete who nearly had both his legs cut off with a chainsaw on Tuesday.
The assailants began cutting into Gwala's left leg before they fled, allowing the athlete to crawl to a road and flag a passing vehicle.
The country's athletic director, Dennis Jackson, told the Associated Press that the attackers sawed into Gwala's right leg, damaging muscle, nerve and bone.
Gwala, who was supposed to compete in theSouth African national championships later this month, somehow managed to escape.
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Gwala's training partner Sandile Shange told the BBC the 26-year-old is stable in hospital and his injuries are not life-threatening. He dragged himself out of the bush onto the road and a private security auto picked him up and took him to the nearest hospital.
Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala told the BBC that an investigation into the attack was been launched.
Shange said the attackers only stopped cutting on one leg because the blade was too blunt and got stuck at the bone.
The motive for the attack is not known. Three men reportedly ambushed Mhlengi Gwala and attempted to hack off both of his legs, TMZ reports. South African Police's Durban Central office did not immediately return a request for comment from Newsweek.
"He thought they wanted to rob him of his phone, his watch or the bicycle, so he offered it all to them but they did not want that". We don't know yet how far they went in. Absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on SA roads?
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