South African triathlete's legs severely injured in saw attack
08 March, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Greg Wolfe
That's where the scene of a horrific incident involving South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala took place.
An global triathlete's training in South Africa was interrupted this week by a trio of attackers who tried cutting off his legs with a blunt chainsaw.
The attackers also started sawing into Gwala's left leg before fleeing, enabling the athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a passing vehicle to take him to a hospital.
Gwala's training partner Sandile Shange told the BBC the 26-year-old is stable in hospital and his injuries are not life-threatening.
Mhelgi Gwala, 27, was out on a training ride when he was pulled into bushes by his attackers, who cut half way through one leg before starting on the the other. Luckily, he is expected to walk again because the chainsaw the men used was reportedly too blunt to cut through his flesh and bones, according to TMZ.
Mhlengi Gwala was riding his bicycle for training before dawn and was ambushed by his assailants who reportedly tried to rob him first, then stepped up their attack even as Gwala offered them his phone and money.
Doctors are confident they can save the athlete's legs, as the attackers missed a main artery.
South Africa's deputy sports minister, Gert Oosthuizen, described the attack on the "star athlete" as "totally unacceptable" and said police are investigating.
The motive behind the attack is not clear.
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