Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala is scheduled to undergo leg surgery on Wednesday. Gwala was attacked in Durban while training and dragged into a secluded pathway near UKZN.
The perpetrators attempted to cut off his legs with a saw, but apparently fled the scene after noticing a security vehicle driving nearby.
Gwala managed to limp to the main road to get help.
Gwala's friend Sandile spoke to Bongani Bingwa and says the doctors believe his leg will be saved and he will be able to compete again, but the recovery process is a lengthy one.
He says Gwala was climbing a hill when the men came from the side of the road and attacked him.
He is very shocked and he was only worried about his talent because on the 18th he was supposed to go race at the SA champs in Bloemfontein.— Sandile, Mlengi Gwala's friend
Listen to the interview with Sandile below. [Warning: This audio contains a graphic account of the attack]
Can someone please explain why that level of violence was needed in the #MhlengiGwala robbery? He didn't resist, he offered them what he had. Why did they do they do that? Some days I can't for people. 😠😠😠— Adrian (@adrianbutta) March 6, 2018
But who does that?? Like just do it? This looks like it's personal... Speedy recovery to #MhlengiGwala 😥— Tea!Forest!Ocean!Sky (@Bantu_Manyaka) March 7, 2018