CAPE TOWN– The Chairperson of the South African Parliament’s portfolio committee on sports, Beauty Dlulane, has expressed shock at the crowd violence at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night in which 18 people were injured in a rampage by a group of Kaizer Chiefs fans after their team lost 2-0 in the Nedbank Champions semi-finals against Free State Stars.
A security officer was among those injured after fans who moved onto the pitch assaulted him, leaving him unconscious.
Dlulane said Sunday that the incident justified the need to revisit the question of safety at soccer stadia in the country.
I couldn’t believe it when we were seeing the hooligans. How did they get to the pitch and where were the security and the stadium management? And to my surprise, we are still waiting for the report of the other stampede where we lost lives.” said Dlulane.
“With this one we don’t know whether we are going to lose lives of those who are severely injured. Could you believe when you are looking in those pictures, seeing a woman that was kicked and beaten by chairs? How can the people of South Africa be like this?
Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament Tsepo Mhlongo, the party’s spokesperson for sports, wants Parliament to call the Premier Soccer League, the national sports association which runs the Premier Division institution, to account for the violence.
Mhlongo said the incident was unacceptable and the DA wants the Parliamentary Committee on Sports to call the PSL to appear before it soon.
The Chairperson of the Premier Soccer League Irvin Khoza will address the media on Monday on the matter. Police arrested two people following the violence. The extent of damage is still being assessed. Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala says more arrests are imminent while the suspects arrested will appear in court on Monday.
Two suspects were arrested for public violence as well as malicious damage to property and they will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court, she said.
Chiefs Coach Steve Komphela announced his resignation after the defeat.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK