Injured triathlete has pins removed
TRIATHLETE Mhlengi Gwala, 26, is back in hospital, but only to have metal rods removed as he continues on the road to recovery.
Gwala was hospitalised for three weeks after a brutal attack in which unknown assailants tried to hack off his legs with a saw.
Since being discharged in March, Gwala has been attending physiotherapy twice a week.
“I’m feeling strong and still getting a lot of support,” he said yesterday.
During the darkest moments, Gwala said thinking of his two children got him through the day.
“I told myself I have to be there for them as a father and a role model, so I never gave up, I pushed through the pain.”
His friends and family have been his pillar of strength, and he had been overwhelmed by the support of the sporting fraternity, particularly triathletes, as well as complete strangers.
Thousands of people had written well-wishes and donated more than R770 000 to help “Get Mhlengi back on his bike”. The fund-raising effort on crowdfunding website BackABuddy has a target of R850 000.
He said he chose to not think too much about the assault.
“I now go out to watch races, just to get my mind back in that zone. I can imagine myself on a bike again, and it will happen,” said Gwala.
Police had yet to make any arrests, but the investigation continued, said spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala.