Mhlengi Gwala, South African Triathlete, Attacked With Saw

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South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala was horrifically attacked while cycling to a training session in Durban, the Associated Press reports.

Apparently dissatisfied with Gwala's belongings, the attackers then tried sawing off his legs instead. He called the incident "really freakish".

Gwala was training near the University of KwaZulu-Natal at 03:15 when he was approached by three men and dragged into the surrounding bushes, according to his athletic sponsor Sue de la Porte.

"It seems like they pulled him into a bush while he was on a training ride and they had a chainsaw and went for one of his legs". "We are a little bit confused, we don't know who is behind everything".

"When he spoke to doctors they said they will be able to save his leg and he will be able to walk and run again but it is a long walk to recovery", Shange said. All we know is that Mhlengi is alive‚ he is talking and that he is under medical care.

He said:"We have spoken with Mhlengi".

Fellow triathlete and close pal of Gwala's, Henri Schoeman said he believed the chainsaw was too blunt to finish the job.

Gwala became an excellent athlete after overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, representing South Africa at worldwide competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands previous year, Jackson said. "Absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on SA roads?". "When they saw it was getting stuck they started on the other leg", Shange continued.

"The suspects fled the scene when they noticed someone was coming and the victim was assisted by security guards in the vicinity", said police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala, no relation to the athlete.

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