The government, through the Sports Ministry has anounced its displeasure at the violence committed by Highlanders’ fans. The governmment also wants the issue of unruly fans to be dealt with as it is spoiling the image of sports.
Sports Minister Makhosini Hlongwane said:
It is important to note that in 2016 Highlanders appeared before the disciplinary committee three times and with just 10 games played into the season they have been summoned to a hearing twice.
It kills the brand of sport. Highlanders are the oldest football club and as Government we are very concerned. They have not taken the issues seriously. The unruly fans need to be rooted out and banned.
The Premier Soccer League should strengthen its disciplinary process. We do not want drunkards in the stadiums and the selling of beer in and around the stadium. Zifa is going to issue a directive on that.
We are very unhappy as Government that Highlanders continue with their violent conduct. I am, however, happy with the commitment from their chairman and their CEO. They have promised to work on the issues raised.