Chainsaw gang tries to amputate triathlete Mhlengi Gwala's legs

by Leon Thompson March 8, 2018, 1:24
Chainsaw gang tries to amputate triathlete Mhlengi Gwala's legs

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.

Mhlengi Gwala, 26, was on a training ride near the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban just after 3am yesterday when he was pulled into bushes by unknown assailants.

A South African triathlete is recovering after a gang attacked him with a saw.

Apparently dissatisfied with Gwala's belongings, the attackers then tried sawing off his legs instead.

Jackson said Gwala told him that the attackers sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone. They had a chainsaw and went for one of his legs‚ which is the concerning part.

"They dragged him to the side of the road to some bushes, took a saw and started cutting his legs".

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Marches were held in 25 towns and cities across the country and overseas , including in London, Paris and Brussels. Franco Roberti told Italian radio: "We warned authorities in Bratislava, but unfortunately they didn't heed us".

"The chainsaw wasn't that sharp and they couldn't get it started. We also need to make a stand so that we can cycle safely her in South Africa because we all know it is very unsafe (for cyclists) at the moment", said Schoeman.

The men cut into both of Gwala's legs before he was able to escape.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the attack had not yet been reported and so could not comment further on the incident.

"The doctor says the blood flow is good, the only problem is with his tendons", said Gwala's friend and training partner Sandile Shange. He said the saw missed a main artery and that surgeons are confident they can save the leg.

Gwala's ordeal is eerily similar to the 1994 beating of Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, whose leg was nearly broken by Tonya Harding's husband - an attack that left other athletes reeling. "We all stand behind you and support you as we need to make cycling safer on the roads in South Africa!"

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