DURBAN, May 2 – Three men were released on R1,000 bail each on Wednesday after appearing at the Durban Regional Court for offences related to soccer violence at Moses Mabhida stadium.
Siphosenkosi Knowledge Memela (32) of Chatsworth, John Sibongiseni Khumalo (29) of Klaarwater and Khwezilomo Madiba (35) of Emizini, Bizana, appeared on charges of public violence, contravening the safety at a sports event and failing to comply/hindering/obstruction the requests by a police officer.
All three indicated they would be pleading guilty to the offences and are not allowed to attend any sporting events while on bail.
Their appearance follows that of Phelelani Jojisa, 34, who appeared last week and was also released on R1,000 bail.
The four suspects were allegedly part of a group of hundreds of irate fans that stormed the Moses Mabhida stadium pitch on 21 April following the final whistle of the Nedbank Cup semi-final between Kaiser Chiefs and Free State Stars, which Chiefs lost 2-0.
While cameras were still filming, irate fans proceeded to set alight stadium chairs, damaged crowd barriers and access gates, vandalised camera equipment and assaulted a security guard. Eighteen people were injured during the incident and damage was estimated at R2.6 million.
All four accused will appear again on May 25.