Minister Xasa Condems the Tragic Mutilation of  Mhlengi Gwala

Minister Xasa Condems the Tragic Mutilation of Mhlengi Gwala

MEDIA STATEMENT:    2018/03/07

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Ms Toko Xasa laments the incident of the mutilation of Mhlengi Gwala’s leg that occurred in Umbilo, in Durban. This inhumane treatment of a budding athlete, has not only caused pain to the athlete, but also threatens to jeopardize his international career. Minister Xasa deeply regrets this incident and condemns this sheer thuggery.

Minister Xasa takes this opportunity to gently remind all South Africans to place additional vigilance when exercising on the roads, especially when running or walking alone. Minister Xasa wishes Mhlengi Gwala a speedy recovery, following the operation and she is looking forward to seeing Mhlengi on the training track.

Minister Xasa also thanks the media houses for keeping this incident in the public’s eyes and she also praises the doctors who treated and operated on Mhlengi. Minister Xasa has encouraged the police to leave no stone unturned in their investigations and asks that the perpetrators be brought to book and given the harshest sanction yet, for this act of criminality. 

Ends… Issued by: 

Thamie Mthembu Media Liaison Officer Ministry of Sports and Recreation Telephone: (012) 304 5676 Mobile : (065) 823 6306 E-mail :

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