PSL chairman Irvin Khoza denies death reports during Moses Mabhida Stadium riot
Posted: 23 April 2018 Time: 18:25
Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has clarified reports of deaths in the wake of the Moses Mabhida Stadium riot over the weekend.
It had been widely reported that at least two deaths occurred following the pitch invasion by unruly supporters during the Nedbank Cup semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars in Durban on Saturday.
Fans stormed onto the pitch after Chiefs suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Stars, ending their hopes of a first trophy in three years and subsequently prompting head coach Steve Komphela’s immediate resignation.
Footage circulated shortly after the unsavoury scenes that lead to the live feed abruptly being cut off, showing what was purported to be a female security official being physically assaulted to an unconscious state by numerous male fans.
Initially it was suspected that the official had passed away, but Khoza was quick to rubbish such rumours during a press briefing at the PSL headquarters on Monday.
“For the record nobody is deceased,” Khoza noted, after confirming that five patrons had undergone treatment at a local hospital while 14 others were treated and released from the stadium’s medical facility.
Meanwhile, Khoza further denied that any female suffered any injuries during the calamity, though there was one who had been refused hospital entry due to intoxication.
“The member of security that was kicked at the stadium, I’ve read in the media that it was a lady. It so happens that the person kicked was Mr Sabela Maziba,” confirmed Khoza.
“His is aged 32 and he suffered head injuries but was treated in hospital, and has since been discharged. The only lady reported to us was one that was over the drinking limit.
“She was paralytic. When they took her to hospital she was refused [admittance] and she was sent to sleep over at the police station. She was then released on Sunday morning.”