Political riots force postponement of HWB Super League matches

Political riots force postponement of HWB Super League matches

Political riots at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Sunday forced the South African Football Association (SAFA) to postpone two Hollywoodbets Super League matches.

This followed an incident that saw supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) rioting and storming the stadium gates while also firing gun shots into the air. 

The IFP supporters were marching on the streets of Umlazi in a show of respect for their founding leader and Prime Minister of the Zulu nation Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who died on Saturday morning at the age of 95 at his home in KwaPhindangene in Ulundi.

At the time of the incident, Royal AM and City Lads players and officials, SABC Sport production crew, a small group of security officials and supporters were inside for the first match scheduled to kick off at 11:30. 

That clash was set to be followed by another between Durban Ladies and TS Galaxy Queens at 15:00, with both games scheduled for live broadcast on SABC Sport

SAFA officials at the match venue confirmed that the games would be postponed to a later date. 

It was the second time in the space of three months that riots and gun shots disturbed football matches in KwaZulu-Natal.

This after the ABC Motsepe League national playoffs in June witnessed unwelcome scenes as North West outfit Orbit College secured promotion to the Motsepe Foundation Championship after beating local side Umsinga United.

The result was met with unruly and disgruntled home supporters, who hurled missiles onto the pitch before gunfire broke out, placing fans, teams, officials and SABC Sport's production crew in danger. 

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