Bandits ambush triathlete, almost saw off his legs

Kristopher Nichols
March 8, 2018

A South African triathlete found himself in a scene outta 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' on Tuesday - escaping a trio of attackers who tried to CUT BOTH HIS LEGS OFF.

The attack reportedly happened in the early hours of Tuesday in Durban while Gwala was on a training ride.

An worldwide triathlete's training in South Africa was interrupted this week by a trio of attackers who tried cutting off his legs with a blunt chainsaw.

The assailants began cutting into Gwala's left leg before they fled, allowing the athlete to crawl to a road and flag a passing auto.

"We don't yet know how far they went in‚ whether they were trying to cut it off‚ or what the circumstances are".

Gwala was due to compete in the South African national championships this month.

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Sandile Shange, a training partner of the triathlete, told South Africa's Eye Witness News Gwala was shaken and battling to make sense of the incident. They instead dragged him to the side of the road into nearby bushes.

A crowdfunding initiative was announced on the Ironman South Africa Facebook page‚ as the organisation expressed its sadness at the attack on the triathlete‚ while sending him "best wishes and a speedy recovery". They missed a main artery and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Jackson said. Doctors believe they can save the leg that took the brunt of the punishment, AP reported.

"They kept on cutting and when they got to the bone, because the saw was not that sharp, the saw got stuck", Shange continued.

Whatever the reason for the freaky attack, it sounds like Gwala will be okay in time.

"He thought they wanted to rob him of his phone, his watch or the bicycle, so he offered it all to them but they did not want that".

"Mhlengi doesn't know why they left. How safe are we on South Africa's roads?".

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