Moroka Swallows settled quicker than Bidvest Wits, and they had their first shot on target just after six minutes when Dikgang Mabalane fired from the edge of the box, only for Moeneeb Josephs to make a fine save.
Edward Manqele should have done better in the 11th minute after receiving the ball on the right hand side of the Wits’ box, but his shot was deflected for a corner.
Wits started knocking the ball around nicely, and often kept their opponents busy in the middle of the park.
They should have taken the lead in the 20th minute after a well played move in the Swallows’ half, but Getaneh Kebede’s volley went wide of Etafia’s goal from inside the Swallows’ box.
However, Wits weren’t to be denied a few minutes later as Sibusiso Vilakazi broke the deadlock with a powerful shot from close range after being left unmarked in the box.
Swallows never stopped playing after conceding that goal, and they looked more dangerous when going forward, but their best chance came in the 35th minute when Manqele tested Josephs with a low shot from inside the box, only for the former Pirates shot-stopper to parry for a corner.
The Students looked to finish off their opponents with an early second half goal when Benjani Mwaruwari picked Papy Faty outside the box, and he forced Etafia to a great save.
Swallows won the free-kick towards the 55th minute, but they failed to utilize it as Nkosinathi Ogle’s resultant free-kick was punched away by Josephs.
The home side again won the free-kick a few yards out, but they were also wasteful as Wits defended in numbers to maintain their 1-0 lead.
Substitute Calvin Kadi failed to double the visitors’ lead in the 65th minute after he beat the offside into the Swallows’ area, but his first touch was too heavy and it allowed Etafia to rush off his line to collect.
Wits won themselves a free-kick outside the Swallows’ box after a foul on Matthew Pattison, and the former Sundowns midfielder dusted himself up and fired straight into the arms of Etafia.
Swallows had numerous chances to at least force a draw, but their finishing continued to be terrible although the supply to the strikers weren’t up to scratch, as Wits walked away victorious in Soweto.