South African Triathlete Attacked With Chainsaw, Will Walk Again — BRUHNews

  • South African Triathlete Attacked With Chainsaw, Will Walk Again — BRUHNews

South African Triathlete Attacked With Chainsaw, Will Walk Again — BRUHNews

In a freaky attack reminiscent of the Oscar-winning film "I, Tonya" and the "Saw" series, triathlete Mhlengi Gwala almost had his legs severed by three men wielding a handsaw while training on his bike.

Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was biking to a training session before dawn Tuesday when the attackers pulled him off his bike, dragged him into bushes and started sawing into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone.

A gaggle of men caused the triathlete to go off course, taking him into a set of bushes to try and cut off both legs. They also tried to saw off his second leg.

Dennis Jackson‚ director of the Elite Athlete Development programme, of which Mr Gwala is part, said it was "bizarre", even in the context...

Mhlengi Gwala previously represented South Africa at global competitions in Chicago and the Netherlands in 2015 and 2017 respectively. 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. They were cutting one foot, he was fighting and screaming, and when they got to the bone they got stuck. Gwala thought the men were coming to rob him so he offered them his bike and everything else of value he had.

Gwala's legs were X-rayed and he is scheduled for an operation on Wednesday.

The athlete's training partner Sandile Shange has told the BBC that Gwala had been involved in a potentially-fatal attack involving a chainsaw and an attempt at amputating his prized set of limbs. "When they saw it was getting stuck they started on the other leg".

While others suggested the attack could have been carried out in the name of "muti", a term for traditional medicine found in South Africa.

"The doctors say they will save his leg, but it will be a long road to recovery". We don't know yet how far they went in. "How safe are we on South Africa's roads?".