Durban – Soccer fans are still reeling from the violence at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium after Kaizer Chiefs lost to Free State Stars 2-0 on Saturday night.
Chiefs were dumped out of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday following their semi-final loss at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Angry fans stormed the field, started fires and hurled chairs in the venue, leading to the intervention of security police.
A security guard was beaten, equipment trashed and parts of the stadium set on fire when Chiefs supporters went on the rampage. She was repeatedly punched and kicked. After she fell to the ground, a man in black shorts hit her with part of the speaker system‚ which had been destroyed as rioters ran onto the field and broke everything in sight.
The damage to the stadium is estimated at around R 5-million in repairs‚ including a camera belonging to the SABC that was set on fire.
Two people have been arrested following the riots that took place at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night after the Nedbank Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars.
Police have confirmed that two people were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property.
Captain Nqobile Gwala, police spokesperson said angry fans stormed the field at Moses Mabhida Stadium and started a fire and hurled objects onto the field.
“Police were forced to use stun grenades to disperse the unruly crowd. Two suspects aged 27 and 33 were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property. Police received reports that people were injured during the incident,” Gwala said.
She said the men will appear in the Durban Magistrates Court on Monday.
Reports suggest that the security guard that was assaulted on the field after the match had died but she said they cannot confirm the death of the security guard at this stage.
Stopped being about football the moment lives were threatened. How a group of men kick, beat & knock unconscious a female security guard is a chilling reminder of how life is cheap in this country and how womxn are constantly under threat from men, in our homes & workplaces.
— Sebenzile Nkambule (@SebeNkambule) April 21, 2018
Surely being a Woman in South Africa must be the hardest thing in the world.
— junior (@Martiias) April 21, 2018
#NedbankCup if this is what football means in SA, then i cant be part of it. The battering of the poor lady by almost over 20 chiefs male hooligans was too much for me😢😢😭😭
— Simply Gaddafi (@GaddafiMake) April 21, 2018
Can we make the thugs famous? They're part of the hooligans that invaded the pitch last night.
— Holy Goat 🐐 (@RichardSebola91) April 22, 2018
The behaviour of some Kaiser chiefs supporters must b condemned by all it's totally uncalled for. Barbaric Period !#NEDBANKCUP
— ANC Elections Head ( Chief ) (@MbalulaFikile) April 21, 2018
What kind of disgusting human being kicks a defenseless woman down on the ground in the face until she loses consciousness??? We need arrests here, not just sanctions forcing the club to play behind closed doors. More must be done. #nedbankcup
— Marc Lewis (@MarcLewisZA) April 22, 2018
— Zizi Kodwa (@zizikodwa) April 22, 2018