Police update on Mabhida fan rampage

Supporters went on the rampage at the final whistle of the Nedbank Cup semi-final on April 21, as security guards were assaulted, parts of the venue were torched, broadcasting equipment was smashed and cars were damaged in the parking lot among other acts of vandalism, which left a bill of R2,6 million.

On the day 12 people were treated for injuries at the venue, while six were admitted to hospital and later discharged.

Steve Komphela resigned as coach of Chiefs after the game, having endured increasingly hostile abuse from supporters demanding his exit prior to the ugly scenes.

The SAPS have given an update on their investigations, which have yielded nine arrests in total.

'Two suspects handed themselves in yesterday and both suspects appeared in the Durban Magistrates Court on charges of public violence,' reads a statement.

'Nolwethu Cokotha (29) and Zibongile Njona (27) made a brief appearance in court and they were granted a bail of R1000-00, each pending their next court appearance. They’ll join their seven other co-accused when they appear in court on May 25.

'We are encouraged by the fact that these accused have handed themselves over and are co-operating with investigators and prosecutors. We are confident that the outstanding suspects will do the same.

'Warrants of arrest will be obtained to arrest those that do not hand themselves over shortly.

'We are appealing to those injured in the stadium violence to also contact our investigation team. At this stage we have their names, however we do not have their contact details.'

Chiefs were due to attend a PSL disciplinary hearing yesterday over the incident. 

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