One of the hooligans who stormed the Moses Mabhida Stadium pitch following Kaizer Chiefs’ Nedbank Cup exit last April has been sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a security guard, IOL reports.
Hundreds of soccer fans rushed to the pitch after Chiefs had lost 2-0 to Free State Stars in the semi-final, as the match ended in violent scenes with stadium personnel assaulted and broadcast equipment damaged.
Eleven people were arrested soon after the riot, with two later released. The other nine were found guilty of public violence and appeared at the Durban Regional Court for sentencing on Friday.
Suspended sentences for all but one Moses Mabhida hooligan
Khwezilomo Madiba was one of those convicted for their part in the violence after he was caught on camera kicking a security guard.
His eight co-accused were handed suspended sentences, while he was given a harsher sanction, thanks to a prior conviction for a similar offence. This was despite his attorney, Sipho Mema arguing that the victim was attacked by a mob and not his client alone.
“I am of the view that his case should be dealt with differently as far as sentencing is concerned. I think
a three-yearimprisonment is an appropriate sentence,” Magistrate Sam Luthuli said.
The other eight – Siphosenkosi Knowledge Memela, John Sibongiseni Khumalo, Cebolendoda Hadebe, Douglas Mhlaliseni Mkhize, Nolwethu Cokotha, Zibongile Njova, Sihle Duncan Zungu and Dennis Thusi – were also given 16 hours of community service and instructed to enrol in anger management programs.
As a result of the attack, the guard suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised.
The damage to the stadium was estimated at over R2.6 million after the mob had taken out their frustrations by starting several fires and breaking windows.
Kaizer Chiefs were ordered to pay a fine and played two of their league matches behind closed doors at the same venue as punishment for the violence perpetrated by the club’s supporters.