- Clearly it takes more than a bunch of assailants with a power saw to keep a good man down
-Two months after the brutal attack which almost resulted in Mhlengi Gwala losing his leg, he is making amazing gains in his recovery
- Support for the triathlete has not stopped as he continues to work towards getting back on his bike, on the track and in swim
Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala said he thinks of his two daughters when he find negative feelings encroaching on him.
Briefly.co.za learned from reports that the father counts his blessings whenever he thinks of how much worse the brutal attack her suffered might have been, and it gives him strength to carry on through depression.
In an interview with a Durban weekend newspaper, he explained how he keeps going after the attack two months ago when a group of attackers tried to saw off his legs.
“Every step I take, I think of them. If I get depressed - they will have no daddy,” he said. While he is still haunted by the attack which took place while he was out cycling near UKZN Howard College campus just before sunrise.
Gwala said he is hoping in a few month the pins in his leg will be out and be will be able to resume training, beginning with cycling and swimming.
Police are still to arrest anyone in connection with his attack. Gwala, who for now is getting around with the help of crutches, said he has no idea who his attackers were, or why they attacked him.
“It could have been out of jealousy. It could have been for body parts,” he said of the assailants who almost dismembered his right lower leg.
In the attack, the men cut through 80 percent of the bone under his knee, in the process, destroying most of the muscle and nerve tissue in his leg.
He is hoping that, with time, he will eventually be able to return to the favourite of his thee disciplines, running. “I’m a good runner. Maybe I’ll be able to do it in a year’s time,” he said.
The triathlete has a lot of live for, having combat drug and alcohol addictions in the past before eventually representing South Africa at international competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands last year.
The gruesome attack inspired an outpouring of support from Durban cycling and running enthusiasts as well as the local community. A Backabuddy fund was started to assist him with costs, and as of this week has managed to collect more than R750000 towards his recovery.
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