Durban estimates R2.6m in damage after Moses Mabhida Stadium riot

25 April 2018 - 11:39 By Suthentira Govender
Fans vandalizing the stadium during the 2018 Nedbank Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 21 April 2018. File photo
Fans vandalizing the stadium during the 2018 Nedbank Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 21 April 2018. File photo
Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Soccer hooligans caused damage worth R2.6-million at the Moses Mabhida Stadium when Kaizer Chiefs lost to Free Stars on Saturday.

Durban mayor Zandile Gumede revealed the cost of repairs at a media briefing on Wednesday. She said 19 people suffered injuries.

Gumede said there was a “long list” of damage‚ including to the pitch‚ goal posts‚ fencing‚ crowd management barriers‚ water points‚ bins‚ dinner plates‚ glasses‚ chairs and tables.

Gumede condemned the violence‚ destruction of property and “hooliganism that was displayed in full view of the world on Saturday.”

“No amount of frustration and anger should lead one to cause violence and injure other citizens in the name of sport. Lovers of sport are expected to understand the game better because‚ by nature‚ you either win or lose. If you lose‚ nobody must be threatened and no property must be destroyed‚” she said.

“The unfortunate events of the weekend are a bad reflection on us as a nation and we hope that the police will find all the perpetrators.” She praised the police for their “swift action” in arresting two people.

“We are hoping for more arrests.”

Gumede said the city was planning a drive to educate communities on proper behaviour at soccer games. 


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