The police and match organisers are beefing up security for the Telkom Knockout semi-final on Saturday to prevent a repeat of the Moses Mabhida Stadium pitch invasion that caused millions in damages earlier this year.
Saturday’s match is the famed Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. It takes place at the same Durban venue where, on April 21, Chiefs fans invaded the pitch after their side lost 2-0 against Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final.
Several people were injured, with damage being caused to the pitch‚ goal posts‚ fencing‚ crowd management barriers‚ water points‚ bins‚ dinner plates‚ glasses‚ chairs and tables. Broadcasting equipment was also damaged and stolen. Vehicles parked at the back of the stadium were also damaged.