Campaign aims to raise R100k for Durban chainsaw attack victim

Campaign aims to raise R100k for Durban chainsaw attack victim

Campaign aims to raise R100k for Durban chainsaw attack victim

The young athlete from Ndwedwe, KwaZulu-Natal, has a promising sporting career and has already competed in two worldwide triathlons.

Mhlengi Gwala, a South African triathlete, was attacked with a saw early Tuesday, when three men allegedly attempted to cut off his legs, the BBC News reported.

Dennis Jackson, director of the Elite Athlete Development programme for KwaZulu-Natal province, told The Associated Press that he has spoken to Gwala, 27, who was awake after having surgery. But the attack escalated, and De la Porte told News24: "He tried offering them his cellphone and money, but they pinned him down and tried to saw off his leg". He said the saw missed a main artery and that surgeons are confident they can save the leg.

When they got to the bone and couldn't cut anymore, they started in on his left leg.

The men reportedly were interrupted by a security guard and ran away - allowing the bloody athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a vehicle to take him to the hospital.

Durban is located on South Africa's coast. Jackson said. "From what we understand‚ he is in a cast".

South African Olympic triathlon bronze medallist Henri Schoeman took to Twitter to condemn the attack and wish Gwala a speedy recovery.

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

"I haven't quite got to grips with exactly what happened", Jackson told TimesLIVE.

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 don't know yet how far they went in.

Gwala is a strong contender for the race which is a 40k cycle, 10k run and 1.7k swim.

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