South African triathlete dragged off his bike and assaulted - with a chainsaw!

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South African triathlete dragged off his bike and assaulted - with a chainsaw!

Postby redsonic » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:14 am

From ABC News:

Three men have reportedly tried to cut off the legs of a top South African triathlete with a blunt saw while he was riding to a training session in Durban.

Mhlengi Gwala, 27, underwent surgery after the attack before dawn on Tuesday (local time) in the coastal city, director of the elite athlete program for KwaZulu-Natal province Dennis Jackson said.

The attackers pulled Gwala off his bicycle as he cycled up a steep hill and sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone, said Mr Jackson, who has spoken by phone to the triathlete about the ordeal.

They missed a main artery and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Mr Jackson said.

The attackers then started sawing into Gwala's left leg before fleeing, enabling the athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a passing car to take him to a hospital.


What a horrible attack. It sounds like Mhlengi was conscious and alert enough afterwards to give police details of the crime. Police say he has no known enemies.

And we think we have it tough on the roads....
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Re: South African triathlete dragged off his bike and assaulted

Postby Sparx » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:56 am


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Re: South African triathlete dragged off his bike and assaulted

Postby g-boaf » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:08 pm

There must be more to it than just an unprovoked attack of that magnitude!? :shock: That's disgusting. What kind of deranged people do that. That poor guy.

I'm guessing his time as a triathlete is now completely finished too. :x

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Re: South African triathlete dragged off his bike and assaulted

Postby redsonic » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:19 pm

Sparx wrote:Thread on SA cycling forum

https://www.bikehub.co.za/topic/172725- ... ban/page-1


Reading that thread, it looks like they used a chainsaw. O. M. G. :cry:

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Re: South African triathlete dragged off his bike and assaulted - with a chainsaw!

Postby macca33 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:39 am

g-boaf in SA, this type of criminal activity is very, VERY common....unfortunately.

The bloke is lucky to be alive.
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Re: South African triathlete dragged off his bike and assaulted - with a chainsaw!

Postby uart » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:50 pm

That is just so disgusting. :x :x :x

Man that country is one totally foorked up place these days. :(

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Re: South African triathlete dragged off his bike and assaulted - with a chainsaw!

Postby g-boaf » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:58 pm

macca33 wrote:g-boaf in SA, this type of criminal activity is very, VERY common....unfortunately.

The bloke is lucky to be alive.


I read more of the topic, someone suggested the victim and the attackers might have known each other. Awful incident. No way I'm going over there.

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