Local fans have welcomed EFF leader Julius Malema's call for the return of supporters to stadiums.
Malema urged both the government and PSL leadership to allow the safe return of soccer fans to local sporting events at stadiums.
The EFF leader made the call during the party’s Siyabonga rally held outside Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.
Soccer fans in South Africa are currently prohibited from attending live sporting events due to Covid-19 safety restrictions.
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“We call on all the leadership of the PSL to stop being scared and cowardice and to challenge this government," Malema said.
“Why are the PSL leadership quiet while political parties are holding rallies at soccer stadiums yet soccer clubs are not allowed to host matches.
”That is absolute nonsense! They are using it to destroy the only brand that the people of South Africa have.
”We want our soccer back, we want our entertainment back, we want our festivals back and we want our economy opened for all of us, for the youth of KwaZulu-Natal to get their jobs back."
Mamelodi Sundowns fan, Mzwakhe Lubuli has thanked Malema for considering the plight of soccer fans in the country.
“Soccer fans in some countries even in the SADC region are allowed to go attend stadiums so why not South Africa.
”We hope the strong voice by Julius Malema will make a difference and that we are allowed back to stadiums," Lubuli added.
Thabo Tau, another local soccer fan based in Pretoria says it is about time they march to the PSL offices in Parktown to demand fans return to stadiums.
“The only problem is we are not united in one voice. We should march to the PSL offices.
”This is not only about fans getting inside stadiums but also the security officials and the women who run markets outside the grounds.
”It also affects the economy of the country."