In a weird attack reminiscent of the Oscar-winning film "I, Tonya" and the "Saw" series, triathlete Mhlengi Gwala almost had his legs severed by three men wielding a handsaw while training on his bike. 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.
Generous South Africans are starting to dig into their own pockets to help promising triathlon competitor Mhlengi Gwala pay for the medical treatment he requires after a gruesome attack by chainsaw wielding criminals. There was no immediate explanation for why Gwala was targeted and Jackson said the athlete had been attacked despite offering his cell phone, wallet and bicycle to the assailants.
Dennis Jackson‚ director of the Elite Athlete Development programme, of which Mr Gwala is part, said it was "bizarre", even in the context...
Gwala‚ who has been part of the programme for four years‚ has represented South Africa twice in worldwide triathlons.
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.
Provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that the attack had not been reported and could not comment further on the issue.
"The chainsaw wasn't that sharp and they couldn't get it started".
Shange said the attackers only stopped cutting on one leg because the blade was too blunt and got stuck at the bone. Shange said Gwala spoke to doctors, who said they were able to save his leg. "Absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on SA roads?". "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", said Dennis Jackson‚ director of the Elite Athlete Development program that Gwala is a part of, via Times Live.