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Old 7th Mar 2018, 06:38
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Chainsaw gang tries to amputate triathlete Mhlengi Gwala’s legs

An elite South African triathlete was dragged from his bicycle by three men who tried to saw off his legs with a chainsaw.

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. “He tried offering them his cell phone and money, but they pinned him down and tried to saw off his leg,” his athletic sponsor Sue de la Porte said. Colleagues said the blade appeared to be too blunt and the men started on his second leg before stopping and running away.

Dennis Jackson‚ director of the Elite Athlete Development programme, of which Mr Gwala is part, said it was “bizarre”, even in the context of Durban’s high violent crime rate. “We don’t yet know how far they went in‚ whether they were trying to cut it off‚ or what the circumstances are,” he told South Africa’s Times LIVE website. “All we know is that Mhlengi is alive‚ he is talking and that he is under medical care.”

He said Gwala dragged himself out of the bush and on to the road where a private security car picked him up and took him to hospital. “What the damage to his leg is‚ we will know in the next few days I guess‚” Mr Jackson added. Ms De la Porte said she had visited Gwala in the hospital trauma unit and that he was “very badly injured” and being prepared for surgery today, amid concerns that his tendons may have been severed. He will miss the South African Triathlon Champs in Bloemfontein in two weeks’ time.

Gwala, who was born in KwaZulu-Natal and is seen by the sporting fraternity as one of the country’s most promising athletes, has represented South Africa twice in international triathlons.

South Africa has one of the world’s highest violent crime rates — with an average of 52.1 murders every day and 146.4 robberies.
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