THE MINISTER of Sport Thokozile Xasa demands answers now.
This follows the unfortunate incident that outplayed itself at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, when Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-0 to Free State Stars on Saturday evening, in the Nedbank semis.
Without reserving any words, Xasa pointed out to soccer officials involved in running the football in the country that someone should carry responsibility that saw the World Cup stadium in flames, TV cameras broken, chairs burnt and a female security left unconscious by rioting fans of AmaKhosi.
“We can’t wait for another person to die before we act. PSL and stadium management must provide answers on what happened in Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“How did supporters manage to storm the ground and endanger people’s lives?” she asked.
Xasa condemned the violence while raising concerns over security breaches at stadiums.
“This validates my view that an investigation must happen so that we fully understand areas of weakness in sport security,” she said.
“Supporters must always know: You win some, you lose some.”
PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has squarely put the blame at the door of the SA Police Service (SAPS), during Monday’s media brief at the PSL headquarters.
“An increasing and incorrect expectation on the part of SAPS and commanders is that the private security and safety stewards must carry out the constitutional responsibilities of the SAPS,” he said, also apologising for the incident.
“From the league’s perspective, once crime or acts of unlawful public violence are being committed in their presence, the SAPS are required to be ready to act.
“It must be remembered that private security are not police officers and do not have the power of arrest,” he said.
A probe and the report will be given to the minister said Khoza without giving the time frame.
Troubled Chiefs face Golden Arrows in the PSL clash tonight without coach Steve Komphela who resigned with immediate effect on Saturday.
Former defender and league winner Patrick Mabedi has been appointed on interim basis.
Chiefs will appear before DC on May 3.
Meanwhile, the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, brought much success for Team SA. A harvest of 37 medals (13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze) was enough to put South Africa sixth overall on the medals table.
Team South Africa’s victorious games athletes were honoured at a champions parade in Pretoria on Monday. The parade concluded with Minister handing over cash rewards to the medal-winning athletes and their coaches for their stellar displays.
The medal rewards were calculated as follows:
Gold🏅 – R50,000 for the athlete and R12,500 for athlete’s coach
Silver 🏅– R25,000 for the athlete and R7,500 for athlete’s coach
Bronze 🏅– R15,000 for the athlete and R5,000 for athlete’s coach