Sports Minister Xasa 'appalled' by Moses Mabhida stadium chaos

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

The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal has added its voice to those condemning the outbreak of violence that followed Kaizer Chiefs' 2-0 loss to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.

"The league will work closely with law enforcement to ensure that those responsible for this hooliganism are subjected to judicial process", the statement said.

"It is not acceptable that a family spectator sport regularly degenerates to violence that threatens the well-being of everyone, because the PSL fails to take stern action against hooligans who perpetuate violence", Mhlongo said.

The DA however, said the Premier Soccer League and other bodies should provide answers about what happened.

Nhlanhla Msimang, IFP sport and recreation, said it is unfortunate for us as South Africans to have witnessed that barbaric act by fans.

"We also appeal to the supporters to refrain from putting soccer lovers' lives in danger. Football is a handsome game and I can't idle while few supporters are making a skunk of our game", Xasa said on Sunday.

They had managed to do so before the police could intervene.

Meanwhile, in a rather horrific video circulating on social media, a female security guard can be seen being beaten by a group of fans in the middle of the pitch, rendering her unconscious. "She is seriously injured but stable", said Crisis Medical spokesperson Kyle Van Reenen.

In another video, you can see a security guard surrounded by a mob of angry fans under attack.

Reports are that damages incurred included seats and advertising boardings that were ripped out. It calls for reflection also from my side about this club, about the future.

KickOff.com can reveal that two people have been arrested in connection with the violence that erupted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban last night.

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