Businessman offers to pay stadium guard Sabela Maziba's salary for a year

23 April 2018 - 15:02
By Suthentira Govender
Crowd violence during the Nedbank Cup semifinal match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday in Durban.
Image: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images Crowd violence during the Nedbank Cup semifinal match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday in Durban.

Good Samaritans do exist. A Johannesburg businessman has offered to pay security guard Sabela Maziba - who was savagely assaulted during the soccer violence at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday - his year's salary.

Blaine Josephs‚ founder of the Billion Forex Group‚ decided to make the magnanimous gesture after he saw an image of the helpless security guard being beaten with chairs‚ punched and booted by angry fans‚ following Kaizer Chiefs' loss to Free State Stars in the semi-final of the Nedbank Cup challenge.

Maziba was named by PSL chairman Irvin Khoza at a press briefing on Monday. He said the guard had been treated for head injuries and discharged from hospital.

Josephs‚ who had been searching for the injured guard since the violent pitch invasion‚ took to social media in the hope of finding him.

The Maritzburg United fan told TimesLIVE that his search had not yet been successful and that he had retained a private investigator to track him down. “I’ve been on the phone the entire morning trying to find him. When I saw the pictures on Twitter on Sunday morning‚ I thought to myself, 'No human being should go to work and be assaulted like that'.

“I’m sure in a perfect world‚ he would have loved to stay home with his family on a Saturday night. He went to work to feed his family and that had to happen to him.

“It’s unacceptable. What makes it worse is that this gentleman is probably a breadwinner and will have to return to work as soon as he is healed. That in itself is traumatic.”

Josephs said he was hoping to track downthe guard within the next few days.

“I’m hoping I can find him within the next few days so that I fly down to Durban and meet him.

“Whatever he was getting at his company‚ I would match that.”

While he did not know the exact amount‚ he had an amount in mind: “I wouldn’t be expecting him to be earning R1‚500 a month. I [am thinking I] would pay around R5‚000 a month.”

Josephs indicated he was not in a position to put the security guard on his company payroll permanently. “I don’t have a job for him. I can only hope that something good will come out of this for him.”

He also said he was not comfortable about going public with the gesture. “But the only way I could reach out to him was through social media.”

He added: “For me it’s not about the money. It’s about helping someone in need.”

Meanwhile‚ other offers of help were also coming in for Maziba. Media and marketing specialist Patrick Conroy tweeted he had written to stadium management on Monday morning‚ advising that he would contribute R10‚000 towards Maziba's medical bills.