Security measures in place for Soweto derby TKO semi

Moses Mabhida (File)
Moses Mabhida (File)

Cape Town - The South African Police Service (SAPS) and other security agencies will be on high alert in the days running up to and during Saturday's Telkom Knockout semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The planning between SAPS, Security Clusters and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has been on-going for weeks.

A pro-active approach, which has already resulted in the successful arrests of four people, has been adopted for this event.

SAPS officers and personnel are on the ground around Durban and surrounding areas to tackle the problem of fake tickets and resale of match tickets. SAPS will continue with a zero-tolerance approach to fake tickets and resale of tickets.

The match will kick-off at 15:00

Police and other law enforcement will monitor the event and ensure that there is peace and stability. Spectators and soccer loving fans with valid tickets are urged to come early as the gates will be open at 12:00.

For those who do not have tickets to the match at the stadium, they can attend the FREE Derby Public Viewing Area at New Beach (top of Dr Pixley ka Seme/West Street) from 12:00-22:00.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

People coming to the stadium will be searched for any prohibited items and such will be confiscated.

The public is warned of the following prohibited items:

- No sharp instruments e.g. knives;

- No firearms, No bottles;

- No alcohol allowed inside the stadium.

AVAILABLE PUBLIC PARKING AREAS

Public parking areas around the stadium are available at R20: People’s Park East, Kings Park Swimming Pool and the Badminton Hall on Umgeni Road.

Other options: Suncoast Parking, Durban Station, Kings Park Stadium

Motorists are advised to come early to avoid congestion at the parking gates; make sure vehicles are locked properly, close all doors and windows; do not give car keys to any stranger or car guards and do not leave valuable goods in the car.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES

Masabalala Yengwa Avenue will be closed in both directions from 11:00 until after the game around 18:00. Isaiah Ntshangase (Walter Gilbert) will be closed for traffic from 03:00 in the morning.

Other road closure and diversions may occur from 10:00, amongst others at intersections in the Area/ block bounded by Umgeni road to west, Sandile Thusi (Argyle) on the South, Ruth First/M4 in the East, and Smiso Nqwanyana (Goble) road to the North.

Motorists are warned to stay away from the area around the stadium if they do not have tickets to the game or proceed to the beachfront fan park.

Road signage will be visible for parking areas.

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