Portfolio Committee condemns Moses Mabhida violence

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation has expressed horror at the violence that erupted at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.

“This type of behaviour will not be tolerated. Those who inflicted such violence and chaos must be brought to justice and banned from attending future sporting events,” said Committee Chairperson Beauty Dlulane on Monday.

The Committee’s comments come after fans invaded the pitch following Saturday’s match in which Kaizer Chiefs lost to Free State Stars. A security guard was hurt in the incident that saw fans vandalise the stadium.

In its reaction, the Committee said sport has a history of bringing people together.

“Sport has a history of bringing together people of different communities and cultural backgrounds, but the behaviour displayed by fans during local soccer events especially, has been appalling and unacceptable,” said the Committee.

Meanwhile, the Committee said it noted the serious injuries sustained by the male security guard.

“The Committee wishes all those injured during these unruly and unjustified attacks a speedy recovery.”

At a media briefing on Monday, Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza said the guard was treated for head injuries and discharged from hospital

Two people were arrested in connection with the incident. - SAnews.gov.za

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