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newsThe Star reports that the security industry says the vicious attack on its members at Moses Mabhida Stadium by Kaizer Chiefs supporters is one of the many incidents reducing their members to sitting ducks at work.  

The Association of African Private Security Owners of SA (Taapsosa) expressed outrage at the soccer violence at the stadium last weekend, which left four security officers injured.  Taapsosa’s Jones Maphalaphathwa said the hooliganism shone a spotlight on the perils, including the possibility of death, that security officers faced in their workplaces.  Cash-in-transit heists and business robberies are some of the places of work that have added to the long list of security personnel dying on duty.  Video footage of security guard Sabela Maziba being kicked by unruly Kaizer Chiefs supporters went viral after the team lost 2-0 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final match.  Taapsosa said they watched the footage in “disbelief”.  “In the past we have noted that security guards are targets, as they go about their duties.  It is crucial that the safety of security guards against hooligans be prioritised,” Maphalaphathwa exhorted.  Taapsosa has demanded that all perpetrators be held accountable for their actions, and that stakeholders in the industry take steps to ensure the safety of security guards.  Maphalaphathwa said he hoped that the stadium event would help stakeholders take Taapsosa and security companies more seriously.  

  • Read more of this report by Lila Reynolds at SA Labour News
  • Read too, I thought I was going to die, says beaten stadium guard, at SowetanLive
  • And also, Man arrested for Moses Mabhida Stadium pitch invasion out on bail, at News24

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