Robbers try to cut off SA triathlete's leg with chainsaw

Hope Soto
March 8, 2018

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, 27, was out cycling early Tuesday in the coastal city of Durban when the three men approached him.

But instead of taking his stuff - "They dragged him to the side of the road to some bushes, took a saw and started cutting his legs", his training partner told BBC.

Jackson said it was unclear why they attackers suddenly stopped and left.

Jackson said Gwala told him that the attackers sawed into his right calf (with a boring blade), damaging muscle, nerves and bone.

Gwala competed at the 2017 global world triathlon grand final in Rotterdam in September in the 25-29 male category, finishing 45th.

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Gwala's friend and fellow triathlete, Sandile Shange, said Gwala told him that the attackers failed to cut through the bone because they had used a blunt, rusty saw.

Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala told the BBC that an investigation into the attack was been launched. They were cutting one foot, he was fighting and screaming, and when they got to the bone they got stuck.

The motive behind the attack is not clear. 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. "Two of them held him down while the other started on his leg".

"He tried offering them his cellphone and money, but they pinned him down and tried to saw off his leg", said De la Porte.

"The doctors say they will save his leg, but it will be a long road to recovery".

"We don't yet know how far they went in‚ whether they were trying to cut it off‚ or what the circumstances are. How safe are we on South Africa's roads?".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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