‘I forgive them,’ says triathlete attacked with saw – and now he wants a Paralympic gold

Just nine months after he was attacked by saw-wielding men who hacked at his legs, triathlete Mhlengi Gwala on Monday took part in a grueling two-day day ride from Johannesburg to Durban to raise funds for the Mr Price Foundation.
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“I have forgiven them – but I will never forget.”

These were the words of South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala, who was attacked by handsaw-wielding criminals while training in Cato Manor, Durban, in March.

The 27-year-old athlete from Chesterville was hauled into a bushy area near the University of KwaZulu-Natal‚ where three men allegedly attempted to hack off his leg with a handsaw.

The injury effectively put paid to a potentially promising career as an able-bodied athlete.

Speaking to TimesLIVE on Monday, Gwala said he forgave his attackers in the “early days” following his ordeal.

Read more the story on TimesLIVE

By: Lwandile Bhengu

Source: TMG Digital

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