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Violence Free: Ajax Cape Town Increase Security Against Chiefs

Cape Town - After an orgy of violence orchestrated by rowdy Kaizer Chiefs fans, Ajax Cape Town has upped security strategies ahead of their...

Cape Town - After an orgy of violence orchestrated by rowdy Kaizer Chiefs fans, Ajax Cape Town has upped security strategies ahead of their deciding match on Saturday, insisting fans and players’ safety is their priority.

The measures follows ugly scenes at Moses Mabhida Stadium after Amakhosi’s Nedbank Cup loss to Free State Stars, Ajax are planning a violence free match, in a game they need to win in order to avoid the relegation play-offs.

Two suspects handed themselves in and appeared in court in connection with the fan riot that erupted at Moses Mabhida Stadium after Kaizer Chiefs lost to Free State Stars.

“It has been the responsibility of the club and the South African police that we host a safe event, an event that will be enjoyed on the pitch, but not necessarily outside the pitch,” Ajax’s public relations officer Thabiso ‘Shooz’ Mekuto told the media.

“We expect to host 40 000 spectators. Our average attendance of an Ajax-Chiefs match is below that, but that’s why the capacity is bigger, so that we have a safety zone. 
Kaizer Chiefs Violence 

“Our ticket sales are running as we expect for a Chiefs game, and we’ve put in security personnel in excess of 550 outside of law enforcement, Metro Police and the South African Police as well.

“We also have volunteers who have come from Disaster Management, so in terms of security personnel overall, we will have over 1 000 people working and making sure that people are safe.”

Supporters went on the rampage at the final whistle of the Nedbank Cup semi-final on April 21, as security guards were assaulted, parts of the venue were torched, with total damages costing R2,6 million.

Twelve people were treated for injuries at the venue, while six were admitted to hospital and later discharged. Steve Komphela resigned as coach of Chiefs after the game, having endured increasingly hostile abuse from supporters demanding his exit prior to the ugly scenes.

The SAPS have given an update on their investigations, which have yielded nine arrests in total.

“Nolwethu Cokotha (29) and Zibongile Njona (27) made a brief appearance in court and they were granted a bail of R1000-00, each pending their next court appearance. They’ll join their seven other co-accused when they appear in court on May 25.

“We are appealing to those injured in the stadium violence to also contact our investigation team. At this stage we have their names, however we do not have their contact details.”  - Online Sources 

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