Arrests made after violent soccer riot in South Africa

Chiefs supporters invaded the pitch, lit fires in the stands, assaulted security personnel and caused millions of Rand's worth of damage to stadium and TV equipment.

Khoza said: "From the league's perspective, whilst crimes or unlawful acts of public violence are being committed in their presence, the South African Police Service is required to be properly prepared and to immediately act".

Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa has strongly condemned the violent scenes seen at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday following a Nedbank Cup semi-final tie. Some of the cameras that were not destroyed by fans captured disturbing scenes that saw a security guard kicked and hit with chairs on the field.

One fan kicked her in the upper chest, a kick that collapsed her to the ground.

Police spokeswoman Gwala did not say if anyone had died in the violence, saying police had no information yet from stadium or medical authorities on any deaths.

Once the rioting fans had been brought under control, Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela announced his immediate resignation from his post, and suggested the violence, rather than the result, was behind his decision. Police parked an armored vehicle across the entrance to the players' tunnel to prevent angry supporters getting to the players.

"Hooliganism and thuggery of this nature has no place in football and acts of violence perpetrated by individuals witnessed last night can not be tolerated".

"The League will work closely with law enforcement to ensure that those responsible for this hooliganism are subjected to judicial processes".

South Africa successfully hosted the World Cup, the first in Africa, with the Moses Mabhida Stadium one of the stadiums built for the 2010 tournament.

'Training is not good enough for me and also when he's on the pitch he's not always taking his chances, ' he added of the former Maritzburg United hitman, who has scored six goals and provided two assists in 22 games in all competitions this season.

  • Angelo Rivera