Absa Premiership

Soweto derby: Police ready for Please Call Me protest

2019-02-07 09:52
FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.PHOTO: gallo images

Cape Town - Should the rapidly growing Please Call Me Movement protest during Saturday's clash between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, the police are prepared.

Please Call Me instigator Nkosana Makate has been stuck in a legal battle with cell phone giants Vodacom for over a decade and his plight has caught the attention of the media.

As the South African football fraternity anticipates the 166th Soweto derby, Vodacom is the main sponsor of both the Buccaneers and Amakhosi.

The FNB Stadium will have a space set aside for any protest, as MD of Stadium Management South Africa Bertie Grobbelaar confirmed.

"At the last ESSPC (event safety and security planning committee meeting) it was confirmed that there will be a 'speaker's corner' at the drifting area‚" she said as quoted by the Herald LIVE website.

"It will be a specific area allocated if you wish to raise your voice or object‚ where you'll be left at peace to raise your opinion.

"And that's been conveyed to the people. And there will be extra police officers deployed there."

Captain Lorraine van Emmerick of Booysens Police Station also confirmed that there are contingency plans in place should there be disruptions.

"That's where our public order policing comes into it," said van Emmerick.

"They deal with protests. They will be present. They will be able to deal with any situation that does arise."

Tickets have already sold out for the clash and the estimated crowd is expected to be just over 90 000.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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