Attackers try to saw off South African athlete's legs

Discovery                       Mhlengi Gwala

Police representative Nqobile Gwala told the BBC News that the case is being investigated as an attempted murder. They had a handsaw and went for one of his legs‚ which is the concerning part.

"Mhlengi doesn't know why they left".

"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.

His athletic sponsor, Sue de la Porte, said Gwala was then dragged into the surrounding bushes by the men who then attempted to saw the 26-year-old's leg off.

Jackson said the attackers also started sawing into Gwala's left leg before fleeing, enabling the athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a passing auto to take him to a hospital.

"Mhlengi doesn't know why they left".

Gwala was taken to a hospital when found on the side of the road by a security company. "When they saw it was getting stuck they started on the other leg".




When the attackers reached bone, and were unable to continue because of the blunt blade, they fled, allowing Gwala to crawl back to the road where he was able to flag down a vehicle and be transported to hospital.

"I haven't quite got to grips with exactly what happened", Jackson said, according to TimesLive.

"We don't have the whole story as yet".

A personal message to the athlete has been shared on Facebook by Nathalie Asensi-Verdu Crawford.

Jackson said he was told the assailants were speaking in a language that Gwala could not understand.

Mhlengi Gwala previously represented South Africa at worldwide competitions in Chicago and the Netherlands in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Triathlons feature swimming, cycling and running.

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