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Family of alleged football hooligan claim he is an Orlando Pirates fan

3:01 AM SGT 24/4/18
Moses Mabhida Stadium damages, April 2018
Two people were taken into custody following the horrific scenes at the Moses Mabhida Stadium this past weekend

According to the family of one of those accused of causing trouble during the Nedbank Cup semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars, he is an Orlando Pirates fan.

South African football recently witnessed one of its darkest nights as fans looked to force the resignation of Steve Komphela, as Chiefs Nedbank Cup title aspirations went up in smoke following their 2-0 defeat to Ea Lla Koto.

After the final whistle, the Chiefs fans frustrations boiled over as they overpowered security and stormed the field baying for the head of the Amakhosi mentor, in the process destroying broadcasting equipment, chairs and even lighting fires in the stands. The worst though, was still to come as some fans beat up security personnel, subsequently injuring 18 men in the process, but luckily there were no fatalities.

However, on Sunday morning, it was reported that two people were arrested in connection with the violence which had reared its ugly head. They have since appeared in the Durban regional court where the identity of one of the men in custody has since been revealed.

Phelelani Jojisa is one of the men accused of being involved in the violence that transpired at Moses Mabhida Stadium and was charged with public violence. But his family have since come to his defence refuting the charges levelled against him, suggesting that the authorities may have got the wrong person.

Speaking to the media outside the court, Jojisa’s sister Nontethelelo stated that her brother was not a violent person, even revealing that he was a Buccaneers fan and would have been celebrating the result, rather than venting his anger over the result.

“The state must find the real culprits. My brother is a Pirates supporter and no reason to be aggrieved and would have been celebrating the result,” an emotional Nontethelelo expressed.