KZN Police make three more arrests in connection with violence at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Brigadier Jay Naicker has appealed to witnesses to come forward and provide statements to the police

In the wake of violent scenes at the Moses Mabhida Stadium a fortnight ago, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has made a breakthrough in their quest to identify the culprits.

The violence started during the Nedbank Cup semi-final match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars, where the Soweto giants lost 2-0 on the night.

Resulting from that defeat, Amakhosi fans invaded the pitch to vent their anger as they pushed for coach Steve Komphela’s resignation.

Komphela stepped down from his coaching role on the same night and his assistant Patrick Mabedi and legend Arthur Zwane have since been handed the reigns on an interim basis.

During the ugly scenes, fans damaged stadium property, television broadcasting equipment as well as attacking fans and security officials on the field.

However, latest reports suggest that three more suspects have been arrested by the Police tracing unit that is tasked with bringing those responsible for the violence to book.

Brigadier Jay Naicker, a spokesperson for the KwaZulu Natal Police, confirmed the arrests, saying the trio includes a truck driver, 35, a taxi rank manager, 29, and a taxi owner, 35.

“We have arrested three suspects wanted for cases of public violence which occurred at the Moses Mabhida Stadium,” Naicker was quoted as saying by Timeslive.

“The three include a 35-year-old truck driver‚ taxi rank manager‚ 29‚ and a taxi owner‚ 35‚” he said.

Following the arrests, the suspects are set to appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, May 2 on charges of public violence.

Apart from many fans suffering injuries, damage to the 2010 Fifa World Cup venue is said to cost around R2.6 million and two vehicles that were parked at the back of the stadium were also damaged.

Moreover, the severe damage was caused after police and stadium security were overrun as fans invaded the pitch at the end of the game‚ heading directly for Komphela and his technical team as well as the players.

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Moreover, the Independent Media reports that Naicker has appealed to those who were injured in the violence that unfolded to come forward and make statements with the investigators.

“Detectives are also appealing to witnesses to please come forward and provide police with information with regards to the perpetrators of the violence and destruction of property that was witnessed on that day,” he said to Independent Media.

“An appeal is made to all members of the public who can assist the police in their investigations to urgently contact Captain Reddy 082 458 5630 or Detective Warrant Officer Mlungwana 082 662 7764. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence,” he concluded.