Security guard 'grateful to be alive' after attack by Chiefs fans

Security guard 'grateful to be alive' after attack by Chiefs fans

- The two security guards injured during the pitch invasion at the Moses Mabhida Stadium were visited by Chief's marketing director, Jessica Motaung, after being discharged from hospital

- Sabelo Maziba and Khumbulani Qwabe were both injured badly in the incident which many saw play out on a TV broadcast at the end of the game

- Motaung praised the guards for being committed to their jobs and condemned the acts of aggression against them

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Sabelo Maziba said he is grateful to be alive today after bearing the brunt of brutal attacks rained down on himself and fellow security staff at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium last weekend.

Briefly.co.za learned that he and a colleague, Khumbulani Qwabe, were visited by Kaizer Chiefs marketing director, Jessica Motaung and members of the club's marketing team, following their release from hospital.

Motaung praised the guards for being committed to their jobs.

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“We are so glad that Sabelo and Khumbulani are convalescing well after they were senselessly beaten up on Saturday,” said Motaung.

“We once again strongly condemn the brutal acts of criminality we witnessed. We need to understand that people like Sabelo and Khumbulani are there to look after our safety at stadiums, we need to respect and appreciate them.”

Originally from from Mtunzini in KZN and now living in KwaMashu, Maziba Maziba is presently not able to swallow solids and only drinks liquids until he gets better, because of sustaining further injuries around his jaw area.

People witnessing the scene’s and commenting on Twitter expressed shock at how he was beaten until unconscious, some worrying that he might have even been killed. Others mistook his limp body for that of a female security guard.

“Everything happened so fast,” said Maziba. “I didn’t even have time to run as the mob was too strong.”

Fans watching expressed outrage at what they perceived as violence against a woman. However, later it emerged that no women had been harmed.

Maziba expressed his gratitude that Motanung had come to see him. “It is great to see that the club cares about our well-being.”

Qwabe who comes from Melmoth but is now living in KwaMashu, has a medical checkup scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Motanung said she and the club would keep abreast of the two men’s recovery.

“We commend them and their colleagues for standing in harm’s way when the situation was as volatile as it was on the day. It takes bravery to do what they did.”

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