"Our sports doctor has spoken to him".
Jackson said the circumstances around the attack seemed "really bizarre". They had a chainsaw and went for one of his legs‚ which is the concerning part. All we know is that Mhlengi is alive‚ he is talking and that he is under medical care.
The attackers suddenly stopped and left. "What the damage to his leg is‚ we will know in the next few days I guess‚" Jackson added.
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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. "Absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on SA roads?"
Gwala, who was set to compete in the South African national championships this month, was undergoing a five-hour surgery for his injuries, said Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program for the KwaZulu-Natal province.
Rumours abound that a rival competitor may have wanted the powerful athlete taken out as nothing was actually stolen from him in the attack.
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Provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that the attack had not been reported and could not comment further on the issue.
The 26-year-old, Mhlengi Gwala, was riding a bicycle on March 6, at 3:15 a.m., when three men attempted to saw into his legs with a handsaw.
The attackers also started sawing into Gwala's left leg before fleeing, enabling the athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a passing vehicle to take him to a hospital.
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When the attackers reached bone, and were unable to continue because of the blunt blade, they fled, allowing Gwala to crawl back to the road where he was able to flag down a vehicle and be transported to hospital. Triathlons feature swimming, cycling and running.