Calls for safer sport stadiums

2013-04-08 16:59
Lwandile Mfiki (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Security at sports stadiums should be improved, KwaZulu-Natal sport MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha said on Monday after a weekend attack on a soccer referee.

She condemned the attack on referee Lwandile Mfiki at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

He was struck by a vuvuzela-wielding fan after sending off Kaizer Chiefs' midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane in a PSL match against Golden Arrows on Saturday.

VIDEO: Fan assaults referee with a vuvuzela

Sibhidla-Saphetha said the conduct of fans, who threw vuvuzelas at Orlando Pirates coach Roger Da Sa during a match against AmaZulu last week, was unacceptable.

"We deplore hooliganism in the strongest possible terms and we will ensure that unruly elements in our stadiums face the full might of the law," she said in a statement.

"We want to assure the sporting fraternity that these are isolated incidents and the province still remains the preferred venue for major international sporting events."

Mfiki's alleged attacker Velaphi Mkhwanazi appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday, with another man, Zenzele Zikali, who is accused only of invading the pitch.

They were released on bail of R500 each and the case was postponed until April 30 for further investigation.

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