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Attackers try to cut off South African triathlete’s legs

Attackers try to cut off South African triathlete’s legs

A South African triathlete is recovering after robbers used a hacksaw to try to cut off his legs when they attacked him on his way to a training session last week.

A gang of three men targeted 27-year-old triathlete Mhlengi Gwala in a dawn attack in the east coast city of Durban last Tuesday before dragging him to a bush and attempting to cut off his legs, the sportsman’s colleagues said.

Gwala’s friend and fellow triathlete Sandile Shange said Gwala told him that the attackers failed to cut through the bone because they had used a blunt, rusty saw.

“Two guys were holding his upper body and the other guy was just was cutting the leg, and I think when they got to the bone they got stuck,” Shange the 702 talk radio station.

“Mhlengi said the . . . saw they were using was very rusty and it was, like, oldish and it was not sharpened and they tried another leg.”

The attackers fled when a private security patrol passed close by.

Gwala then managed to limp to the road and raise the alarm.

The motive for the attack was not immediately known.

Doctors have said “he will be able to walk and run again” – but it will take a long time, according to Shange.

South African 2016 Olympic triathlon medallist Henri Schoeman described the attack in a tweet as “absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on South Africa’s roads?”

South Africa suffers some of the world’s highest crime rates and faced 34 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015-16, according to police.

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