Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League have applauded the convictions of the
two men who invaded the Moses Mabhida Stadium pitch and attacked the
referee during the clash between Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs in
According to the Football411 website, the two men stormed the field and assaulted match official
Lwandile Mfiki, bringing furious reactions from the PSL and the South
African footballing community.
The Durban Magistrate's Court have since passed their judgement
on the pair, with Velaphi Mkhwanazi having been found guilty of invading
the pitch and assaulting Mfiki, earning a R2 500 fine or 60 days in
prison for common assault, as well as a R1 000 fine or 30 days behind
bars for breaching the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act.
The second accused, Zenzele Zikhali was also found guilty of
pitch invasion, having been sentenced to a R1 000 fine or 30 days and
R2 000 or 60 days in prison for contravening the Safety at Sports and
Recreational Events Act.
PSL Acting CEO Cambridge Mokanyane was glad to see a stern
message sent out to the public, saying: "The message from these
convictions is clear; we do not play lip service when individuals
disrupt a football game with acts of hooliganism.
"This is a positive step towards the right direction. As the PSL, we welcome the news."
PSL general manager of safety and security Phillip Masimong added: "I would like to thank SAPS for their work in this matter.
"We are determined to root out all elements of hooliganism at our
stadiums. We don't just talk, we also act to ensure that people are
safe at our stadiums."