- Mhlengi Gwala was a victim of an attack by three men who tried to cut off his leg with a saw
- He went into surgery on Wednesday, amid prayers and support from around the world
- The crowdfunding initiative to pay for his medical bills has thus far raised over R600 000
SA triathlete Mhlengi Gwala, underwent a nine hour operation on Wednesday after three men tried to cut off his leg with a saw.
Gwala, who was heavily medicated and in pain, was nevertheless in good spirits when he was visited by his close friend and fellow triathlete, Sandile Shange.
The 27-year-old athlete who is also a Durban beach lifesaver, was attacked while training in the vicinity of the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, also found Gwala in positive spirits when he visited him on Thursday night, Briefly.co.za understands.
"I am glad to have visited this man. He is lucky to have survived this ordeal. He has been to theatre and will be seen again in theatre next week. It was also gratifying to meet his mother, and also give her support. We wish him a speedy recovery," he said.
News of the attack was received with horror, followed by an outpouring of support, including financial donations through international crowd-funding initiative.
Gauteng businessman Joaquim Valverde, who runs an international fitness and training programme for athletes, swimmers and triathletes, started the crowdfunding initiative on Wednesday
The initial target of R100 000 to assist with medical costs and rehabilitation has been surpassed, with hundreds of donors raising almost R600 000 within 48 hours.
Fellow triathletes and donors from around the world clubbed together to help Durban sportsman Mhlengi Gwala pay for his medical bills.
The target now stands at R750 000.
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