JOHANNESBURG- Triathlete, Mhlengi Gwala, who was violently attacked by a group of men in KwaZulu-Natal, received a visit from the UAE Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mahash Saeed Alhameli at the St. Augustine Hospital in Durban.
The UAE Ambassador was there to offer the support of the Embassy and the UAE to Gwala’s family and pledged a donation of R200,000 towards the triathlete’s medical expenses.
Gwala had planned to compete in an international event later this month but will
not be able to due to the attack. However, he is optimistic and hopes to still compete in the Ironman 70.3 contest to be held in Dubai in January next year.
“Gwala has undergone surgery following Tuesday’s attack and will undergo a further operation on Monday, 12 March. Doctors are hopeful that he will make a complete recovery”.
“The United Arab Emirates and the Republic of South Africa have a longstanding relationship built on friendship and mutual respect. The UAE views sport as one of the unifying elements in international cooperation. The country maintains that sport has the ability to bring together nations and their societies in a way that transcends national, racial, religious and linguistic lines. The UAE thus holds sportsmen and sportswomen in the highest regard” Alhameli said.
The support offered to Gwala was in line with the 2018 Year of Zayed celebrations, to be
implemented in South Africa in commemoration of the late founding father of the United
Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.