Cape Town - Star South African cyclist Nicholas Dlamini is out of surgery following his harrowing ordeal at the hands of South African National Parks (SANParks) rangers on Friday.
In a video widely shared on social media, four rangers can be seen
aggressively shoving Dlamini into the back of a van after he apparently entered through Table Mountain National Park's Silvermine Gate 1 without making the required permit payment.
During the scuffle, the sound of what appears to be
Dlamini's left arm breaking can be heard after a ranger attempts to place Dlamini's arms
behind his back.
The incident and subsequent rest and recuperation post-surgery is a major setback for Dlamini, who had been out on a training ride ahead of what promised to be a career highlight 2020 season.
The injury will have a serious effect on the 24-year-old's chances of representing South Africa at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which get under way in late July 2020.
After visiting Dlamini in hospital, Environment, Forestry and
Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy instructed SANParks to suspend the
SANParks is also in the process of appointing
an independent service provider to conduct a preliminary investigation
following the incident.
German Sven Thiele, CEO and founder of cycling event supporter company HotChillee, as well as a mentor to Dlamini since the pair first met when Dlamini was just 17-years-old, took to Twitter on Saturday to confirm Dlamini was out of surgery and was humbled by the support and love shown to him in the past 24 hours.
Another of Dlamini's mentors, South African actress Vanessa Haywood, had previously posted a picture of the X-ray confirming the nasty arm break.
Dlamini's team, NTT Pro Cycling, earlier in the day thanked
the public for their support and promised an update on his progress "later".
- Compiled by Garrin Lambley