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KZN task team appointed to investigate Moses Mabhida Stadium fan violence

21:07 GMT+3 23/04/2018
Moses Mabhida Stadium vandalised
In a statement released by the Langa's office on Monday, a probe into the incident of hooliganism which took place in Durban has been launched

KwaZulu Natal acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa has appointed a task team to investigate the incident which took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.

Hundreds of Kaizer Chiefs fans invaded the pitch soon after the final whistle of their Nedbank Cup semi-final loss to Free State Stars and started attacking and assaulting security personnel and vandalizing broadcast cameras. 

The seats around the iconic venue were also set alight by the angry fans as they were trying to send a strong message that Chiefs should fire Steve Komphela as their head coach. 

Komphela resigned immediately after the game, two months before the expiry of his contract. 

The violence at the Moses Mabhida Stadium left 18 people injured. Fortunate enough, no life was lost on the day. 

The Premier Soccer League confirmed that the incident will be investigated further to get to the bottom of what really transpired at the venue. 

One of the shocking revelations made by PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza on Monday afternoon was that a Lieutenant Colonol that was supposed to head and ensure safety and security, didn't attend the pre-match planning meeting and only surfaced on matchday.   

In a statement released by his office on Monday, Langa said they're working around the clock to identify and bring the perpetrators to book. 

He also appeal to members of the public who may have information to work hand-in-hand with the police in making sure that justice is served. 

“We will be probing if the deployment of SAPS, private security personnel and other security agencies were in place according to the plan and whether those that were deployed to provide security at the event reacted as they were expected to and whether they were in a position to prevent the hooliganism and criminality that unfolded,” said the statement. 

“Our investigators are working around the clock to identify and bring the perpetrators of the violence to book. We appeal to members of the public who may have information on the identities of the perpetrators to contact the police,” concluded the statement. 

Two people were arrested in connection with the violence at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, and both appeared in court on Monday. 

Meanwhile, the PSL has since charged Amakhosi for misconduct and bringing the league into disrepute.

The club will appear before the PSL DC on May 3, 2018 at 18h00, the league confirmed in a statement.  

The Premier Soccer League has charged Kaizer Chiefs FC with bringing the League into disrepute and misconduct.

The charges follow Saturday (21 April 2018) night’s Nedbank Cup fixture against Free State Stars FC where supporters invaded the pitch, assaulted some supporters and security officials and damaged property at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Kaizer Chiefs will appear before the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee on 03 May 2018 at 18h00.