Crowdfunding campaign raises R300,000 for athlete attacked with chainsaw

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Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala was brutally attacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala was brutally attacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

DURBAN – Donors have raised more than R300, 000 for South African athlete, Mhlengi Gwala who is recovering in hospital after he was attacked by a group of men while cycling on Tuesday morning.

The attackers reportedly dragged the 26-year-old triathlete and tried to hack off his legs with a chainsaw even after he offered his belongings.

After the attack he was admitted to hospital and on Wednesday doctors performed surgery on him which went well.

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A crowdfunding campaign was then opened by JP Valverde to pay for the triathlete’s medical bills.

Donors, mostly from South Africa flooded the crowdfunding campaign with funds and "get well soon" messages.

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The funds raised currently stands around R370,000 with a target set at R500,000.

Police have opened a case of attempted murder and no arrests have been made. 

The crowdfunding campaign can be found at Get Mhlengi back on his bike