Crowdfunding to help chainsaw attack victim, Mhlengi Gwala

Crowdfunding to help chainsaw attack victim, Mhlengi Gwala

Crowdfunding to help chainsaw attack victim, Mhlengi Gwala

Gwala became an excellent athlete after overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, representing South Africa at worldwide competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands previous year, Jackson said.

Chainsaw-wielding assailants attempted to hack South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala's legs off, police said on Wednesday, describing the unprovoked attack as a case of attempted murder.

But instead of taking his items, the men reportedly dragged him to a private area where they tried to saw off his legs.

"The doctors say they will save his leg, but it will be a long road to recovery. So they manually started cutting", close personal friend Sandile Shange told News24. "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", said Dennis Jackson‚ director of the Elite Athlete Development program that Gwala is a part of, via Times Live.

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Several attackers pulled Gwala off his bicycle as he cycled up a steep hill and sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone, according to Jackson, who spoke by phone to the triathlete about the ordeal. Colleagues said the blade appeared to be too blunt and the men started on his second leg before stopping and running away.

The motive for the attack is unclear.

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

Jackson told The Guardian that Gwala had overcome drug and alcohol addictions to represent South Africa at worldwide competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands previous year. "He is a wonderful ambassador for the sport". He became an athlete after overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, Jackson said.

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