Campaign aims to raise R100k for Durban chainsaw attack victim

Campaign aims to raise R100k for Durban chainsaw attack victim

Gwala‚ who has been part of the programme for four years‚ has represented South Africa twice in 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.

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

Police are investigating the case as attempted murder, according to the BBC.

But instead of taking his items, the men reportedly dragged him to a private area where they tried to saw off his legs. They managed to saw through half of his one leg and found that their weapon was blunt.

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.

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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.

He reportedly said Gwala is none the wiser as to why the attackers left.

A top South African triathlete was out training when he was suddenly attacked by three men who tried to cut his legs off with a saw.

The motive for the attack is not known.

"I have never heard of any enemies that he may have", Jackson told the Associated Press.

A personal message to the athlete has been shared on Facebook by Nathalie Asensi-Verdu Crawford. He became an athlete after overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, Jackson said. We don't know yet how far they went in. Triathlons feature swimming, cycling and running.

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