- The sister of alleged soccer hooligan Phelelani Jojisa says her brother is an ardent Orlando Pirates supporter
- Nontethelelo Jojisa claims her brother would never have committed such crimes in the name of his side’s arch-rivals
- Phelelani is the lone person to have appeared in court following the chaos at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night
Alleged soccer hooligan and the lone person to have appeared in court in connection with Saturday night’s chaos at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Phelelani Jojisa is an ardent Orlando Pirates fan and would never have committed such crimes in the name of his side’s arch-rivals, at least that’s according to his sister Nontethelelo.
Nontethelelo said her brother could never burn down a stadium by himself, yet he is the only person who has been arrested. She said he was not even a Chiefs supporter, he just went to the stadium with some friends.
Phelelani is thus far the only person to have been arrested and charged with a crime following the pitch invasion in Durban on Saturday night. 18 people were injured and millions of rands worth of damage was done to the stadium.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Phelelani has been charged with malicious damage to property and pitch invasion, he appeared briefly in the Durban Regional Court on Monday.
Phelelani looked sad and depressed when he appeared in court on Monday.
“Phelelani isn't a criminal, he has never so much as mugged anyone. Why was he the only one singled out like he torched the stadium on his own?” his sister added.
She said her brother might have been drunk and was caught up in the confusion that way.
Police and stadium security personnel were overrun as hundreds of angry Kaizer Chiefs supporters stormed the pitch on Saturday night. Fans tried to get to Chiefs coach Steve Kompela, who quit from his position shortly after the game ended.
On Monday, police spokesman Brigadier Jay Naicker said that a “high-level” team had been assembled to investigate what transpired at the stadium.
The matter has been postponed until 25 April.
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