South Africans open wallets to help triathlete injured in chainsaw attack

DURBAN- A campaign has been created on a South African website BackaBuddy, after South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala was attacked and robbed, as the attackers tried to cut off his leg with a chainsaw.

More than a third of the R300 000 goal amount was raised in less than 24 hours after an online crowdfunding campaign started on Wednesday.

Gwala a 26 triathlete underwent leg surgery in Durban on Wednesday after he was attacked with a chainsaw on Tuesday.

JP Valverde, who created the campaign on BackaBuddy a website designed to raise money on cause a person is passionate about, “We are hoping to raise funds to support him with all his medical expenses, transportation, bike replacement and rehabilitation costs,”

On Thursday the amount already raised was more than R230 000.

The attack happened near the University of Kwa Zulu Natal at around 03:15am  on Tuesday when he was ambushed by three men who dragged him into the surrounding bushes. He suffered severe injuries after the attackers used a chainsaw to try and saw of his leg.

The KZN police are still investigating, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said on Wednesday,

“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.”

Gwala was aided by security guards who come to his rescue and took him to a nearby hospital.

Photo Credit- ABC

 

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