Attackers Attempt to Saw Off Legs of South African Triathlete

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A triathlete was attacked on the side of the road in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday by three people who almost cut his legs off with a chainsaw.

Amazingly, Gwala was able to get loose and drag himself to safety. and he's expected to walk again 'cause the chainsaw they used to hack him up was too blunt to buzz through his bones.

The motive behind the attack is not clear.

Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was undergoing surgery after the attack which occurred before dawn on Tuesday in the coastal city of Durban, said Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program for KwaZulu-Natal province. They had a handsaw and went for one of his legs‚ which is the concerning part. He called the incident "really weird".

Gwala became an excellent athlete after overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, representing South Africa at global competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands a year ago, Jackson said. They missed a main artery.

He said:"We have spoken with Mhlengi".

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De la Porte said she had spent the entire day with Gwala at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, where the triathlete was X-rayed and scheduled for an operation. They also tried to saw off his second leg.

"How safe are we on SA roads?"

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that the attack had not been reported and could not comment further on the issue.

Gwala was on a training ride on his bicycle before dawn in the coastal city of Durban when he was dragged off the road by three attackers, and they attempted to cut off his legs with a boring blade.

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