The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it unequivocally condemns the violence that erupted at Moses Mabhida stadium not long after Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-0 in the semi-last match of the Nedbank Cup to Free State Stars.
DA Shadow Minister of Sports and Recreation Tsepo Mhlongo said furious fans left numerous individuals harmed and property damaged.
Scores of people were admitted to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
Mhlongo said Stadium management, football marshalls, Premier Soccer League (PSL) leadership and the South Africa police service (SAPS) must give replies on why safety efforts they had set up fizzled which at that point saw fans attack the pitch unhindered,” said Mhlongo.
“I will write to the Portfolio Committee Chairperson on Sports, Beauty Dlulane, asking for that he summon the Premier Soccer League (PSL) leadership to account to the developing society of violence that appears to have flourished in the country’s premier soccer league division,” said Mhlongo.
Mhlongo said PSL must provide concrete plans on interventions they will implement to stop violence at football matches and ensure the safety of spectators and officials.
“It is not acceptable that a family spectator sport regularly degenerates to violence that threatens the well-being of everyone, because the PSL fails to take stern action against hooligans who perpetuate violence,” added Mhlongo.
Inability to sufficiently manage unsatisfactory conduct comes just weeks after the dropping of the PSL Commission of Inquiry into swarm security by Minister Tokozile Xasa.
Mhlongo said the events at Moses Mabhida demonstrates this was an ill-informed decision that shows that crowd safety at major sporting events occasions isn’t a priority for the government.
DA said Parliament must fulfill its role and hold sporting bodies, such as the PSL, accountable to ensure that South African stadiums do not become death traps for sport loving fans.