triathlete Mhlengi Gwala

The country was horrified to hear about how Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala had his legs mutilated during a robbery but thankfully SA stepped in and are raising the funds to help him get back on his bike again!


The harrowing story of Mhlengi Gwala’s brutal attack sent shockwaves across South Africa.

During an early morning training session, Mhlengi was approached by three men armed with a saw. The men dragged him into the bushes an attempted to remove both his legs.

The robbery was incredibly tragic but Mhlengi survived the ordeal and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Thankfully the damage to his legs didn’t affect the blood flow and surgery was scheduled to repair the damage to his tendons.

Since the story broke, people have come together to help pay for everything. The hopes are that he won’t have to worry about paying for surgery and rehabilitation and will be free to focus on his recovery and get back on his bike.

JP Valverde started a crowdfund to raise R100,000.00 and in less than 24-hours (at the time of writing this), over R22,000.00 has been raised.

“We are hoping to raise funds to support him with all his medical expenses, transportation, bike replacement and rehabilitation costs.”

“We want to see him back on his bike!” – JP Valverde

This incredible show of compassion has restored our faith in humanity after the shocking event. Together we are better and South Africa is standing with Mhlengi.

It was Fred Rogers who told the story of how when he was a boy and would see scary things in the news, his mother would say to him, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.

It was that story that stuck with him and so many, especially in times of disaster, we can always be comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.

We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see Mhlengi back on his bike soon.

To help support Mhlengi, you can donate towards his medical fund at BackaBuddy. The funds will be paid towards all medical costs.

Sources: BackaBuddy
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