South African Triathlete Attacked With Chainsaw, Will Walk Again — BRUHNews

South African Triathlete Attacked With Chainsaw, Will Walk Again — BRUHNews

South African Triathlete Attacked With Chainsaw, Will Walk Again — BRUHNews

A South African triathlete was reportedly attacked with a chainsaw on Tuesday (Mar. 6).

Gwala (26) underwent leg surgery in Durban after he was attacked with a chainsaw on Tuesday. He was found by a local security company and taken to hospital. "A case of attempted murder was opened at Umbilo police station after [he] was approached by three suspects, who dragged him into the bush at Umbilo area", Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane told News24 on Wednesday.

There was good news regarding Gwala's prognosis though, according to Dennis Jackson‚ director of the Elite Athlete Development programme that Gwala is a member of. They missed a main artery and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Jackson said.

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

"What the damage to his leg is‚ we will know in the next few days I guess".

Durban North Olympic medalist, Henri Schoeman, who knows Gwala personally, said all South Africans must stand behind Gwala and support him through his recovery.

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Gwala survived the attack when his assailants suddenly fled, leaving him to crawl back to the road and seek help.

A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $33,000 (£24,000) for the South African athlete who was attacked by a gang who tried to saw his legs off.

"I haven't quite got to grips with exactly what happened", Jackson told TimesLIVE. He was riding his bicycle during a training session when attackers ambushed him in an apparent robbery.

"One was armed with a firearm and they attempted to cut off his legs with a chainsaw".

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

Gwala has represented South Africa at worldwide triathlons on multiple occasions, including in Chicago and the Netherlands. The athlete's long term goals were to compete in half and whole ironman triathlons, which include swimming, cycling and running.

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