Kaizer Chiefs fan killed

2015-05-10 06:00
Hundreds of fans invade the pitch as Kaizer Chiefs celebrate winning the league title. Picture: Richard Huggard/Gallo Images

Hundreds of fans invade the pitch as Kaizer Chiefs celebrate winning the league title. Picture: Richard Huggard/Gallo Images

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Kaizer Chiefs’ league victory ended in tragedy yesterday after a Chiefs fan was shot and killed on the pitch.

The incident happened as Chiefs were celebrating their 2-0 win over of Chippa United, which sealed their Absa Premiership championship win. 

According to police spokesperson Captain Johan Rheeder, the police had formed a cordon around the Chiefs players to create a buffer between them and the hundreds of fans who invaded the pitch in celebration. 

In a statement released last night, Brigadier Marinda Mills said: “The number of private security guards deployed was not sufficient, and public order police members present at the stadium were deployed to assist with controlling the crowd that stormed towards the players and officials on the pitch. 

“It is alleged that it was during this time that two spectators became physically involved with a police member and grabbed his firearm from his holster. A scuffle ensued and a shot went off,” Mills said. 

The bullet hit an innocent bystander, who later died from his wounds. 

Although few details had emerged last night, Rheeder told City Press that the gun had been in the hands of one of the two men when it went off, and not in the hands of the police officer. Rheeder also claimed that the gun had not been cocked and so one of the suspects would have had to cock the gun before the shot was fired. 

The deceased, who has only been identified as a black male in his mid-thirties, “was treated on the scene by medical personnel, but sadly passed away”, Mills said. 

An image posted on Twitter showed the man, decked out in a Chiefs shirt and jacket and wearing jeans and light blue sneakers, as he lay sprawled on the pitch with an oxygen mask over his face while medical personnel treated him. 

As of last night, Rheeder said the two men involved in the scuffle with the police officer had not been arrested. 

The police confirmed that the investigation into the death would be conducted by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and not the police because it would need to be determined if the police officer involved in the incident had been negligent. 

Rheeder said the police are now in the process of reviewing TV footage and cellphone footage of the incident so that they can determine what really happened. 

No one else was injured.

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