Cape Town - Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson Irvin
Khoza has apologised to the nation for the violent scenes that played out
during a Nedbank Cup match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.
"We apologise to broadcasters including the SABC, SuperSport for
the attack on the media and the damaging of their equipment. It was an
unacceptable criminal act," said Khoza.
Several people were injured when Kaizer Chiefs fans stormed onto the
field shortly after their team was kicked out of the Nedbank Cup. Disgruntled
fans demanded the resignation of head coach Steve Komphela.
They ran amok, attacking security guards, stripping banners off the
display and burning stadium chairs.
On Monday Khoza said that the security guard that was seen being
brutally beaten up by fans during a broadcast of the event was a man named
Sabela Maziba, 32. Earlier, there had been confusion over whether the security
guard was a man or a woman.
"He had head injuries but he was treated at the hospital and
discharged. The only lady that was reported to us was one who was over the
drinking limit and was paralytic.
No reported deaths
"When she was taken to the hospital, they refused to assist her and
she was sent to sleep at the police station and she was released on Sunday
Among those who were treated in hospital following the chaos on Saturday
were - Innocent Mkhize, 28, Khumbulani Qwabe, 40, Sihle Mabheka, 28, Veli
Phawula Sibaya, 22. The four were discharged on Sunday.
Among those that were treated at the stadium were Howard Motlaung, 41,
Fulo Mthethwa, Delani Ndlovu, 28, Bhekani Zindela, 31, Sibusiso Mazibuko, 45,
Vukani Buthelezi, 33, Bhekabantu Qele, 29, Moses Mnguni, 36, Dlelabantu Cele,
43 and Lwazi Simelani, 26.
Khoza said: "At this point, nobody is deceased."
He said the league was shocked and concerned by the acts of extreme
violence and criminality that occurred after the final whistle was blown in the
match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars.
"There is no place and no justification for violence in football or
in our society."
Khoza said the damage caused by the violence would take more than a
generation to correct.
"These acts were not coincidental; they are deliberate,
premeditated and orchestrated by people whose aim is criminality."
The impact of bad policing
During the press conference Khoza apologised to South Africans, Nedbank,
other sponsors and to all those that were injured.
He said the motive and irreparable harm inflicted should be considered.
"There is a tone of violence and intolerance in our country at the
moment. The imagery going around on television and newspapers is not good for
our nation both domestically and abroad."
Khoza said if the country did not stop the violence "it would
destroy our nation".
He said those responsible should be held accountable.
One of the key issues facing the league, said Khoza, was security at
"From the league's perspective, there will be a thorough and
expeditious investigation into the incident that happened at Moses Mabhida,
including the events that led up to it."
He said majority of the spectators, were fun-loving, law-abiding
citizens and only a few were bringing the country into disrepute.
Khoza said various matters were raised with Police Minister Bheki Cele
on how poor policing was having a negative impact on the sport.