South African Police Services (SAPS) have commented for the first time on the embarrassing ABC Motsepe League incident in Brits, North West, where an unidentified man drove his car onto the pitch and allegedly tried to run over the referees and players during the game last Sunday.
In the audio below, the National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole says incidents like these need to be eradicated from the game.
Video clips of the incident have gone viral on social media as the SUV forced the game to be stopped and came very closer to injuring match officials, players and spectators on the day.
After this video clip went viral, we are still nowhere near knowing what actually motivated this callous act….Tune into #MSW tonight as we dig deeper into the shenanigans that are happening in the #MotsepeLeague #MSW pic.twitter.com/OpCwSYDLF5
— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) February 25, 2020
Sitole, speaking during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Premier Soccer League (PSL), says they will follow this case closely.
Meanwhile, speaking ahead of the Soweto Derby this weekend, the PSL chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza says the newly signed MOU with the SAPS is going to eliminate some criminal elements which have been developing around the game especially spectator misbehaviour.
In the audio below, Dr. Khoza explains how the MOU will work
Even though this incident took place in the ABC Motsepe League, the third tier division under the South African football mother body SAFA, Khoza says issues around categorization should be looked at in future.
Central to this partnership between SAPS and the PSL is the league’s effort to help fight crime, especially gender-based violence. Sitole says they also plan to help to make football a safer environment.
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– Report by Velile Mnyandu