Sports minister Xasa demands answers on Kaizer Chiefs violence

Stewards and players run away from fans as dozens storm the pitch following the cup defeat

Stewards and players run away from fans as dozens storm the pitch following the cup defeat

Although the fans had previously expressed their dissatisfaction with Komphela and the team, Saturday night's pandemonium following the 2-0 loss to Free State Stars — which left the Chiefs with no chance of any silverware this season — was on a different scale.

It is the second violent incident in a month involving Chiefs, who will now certainly have to cough up the remainder of their R200,000 suspended sentence for the first incident that followed the 3-0 loss to Chippa United, and will face bigger sanctions.

Police had to use teargas and stun grenades to disperse unruly fans.

The supporters who miss one game that they can still watch on TV, or the clubs who miss out on gate revenue, yet also don't have the associated costs of running a game such as additional security, policing, etc.

The police drove a single riot vehicle onto the side of the pitch‚ behind Chiefs' bench‚ towards the end of the game when people in the crowd began to throw missiles at Amakhosi's embattled coach, Steve Komphela, who quit at a media conference after the match.

"If I'm the trigger for this (violence), then maybe one has to say 'maybe step aside.just stop the switch'".

On the other hand, the former Mthatha Bush Bucks player revealed that Chiefs must look for a local coach because a foreign mentor will take time to settle down.

The violence was condemned by South Africa's minister of sport and others.

The (PSL) said it would work closely with law enforcement to ensure that those responsible are subjected to the judicial process.

"Hooliganism and thuggery of this nature has no place in football and acts of violence. can not be tolerated", South Africa's Premier Soccer League said.

Moses Mabhida Stadium was opened in 2009 and was a central venue during the 2010 World Cup. But the country has also had serious problems involving fans at soccer games, often involving Kaizer Chiefs, the hugely popular Soweto club that attracts millions of followers from all across the country.

After similar violence at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria more than a year ago - when Orlando Pirates fans ran amok and a rival supporter was beaten - no perpetrators were punished.

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