David Thidiela, Chairperson of Black Leopards Football Club, Onicca Moloi, MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture and Premier Stan Mathabatha at Vosloorus Stadium

Media Statement

Minister of Sport and Recreation Ms Tokozile Xasa is shocked by the alleged attack of a referee by the owner of Black Leopards Mr David Thidiela. This was after a football match between Black Leopards and Bloemfontein Celtics. Black Leopards lost 1-0 at Thohoyandou on the 16 of September 2018.

“As the Ministry of Sport and Recreation we can’t allow what is meant to unite us as a nation sport to divide us. There is no place in our country for tribalism, many people perished not only in our country but in our continent.” Minister Xasa said.

Minister Xasa hope that the South African Football Association (SAFA) will take this matter very seriously and ensure that it never happened again again in football.

“Football is known all over the world as a ‘beautiful game’ we don’t need those who are owners of teams to spoil that. Let us use sport to build Social Cohesion amongst our people not divide them along dangerous tribal lines.” Xasa added.

Minister Xasa called upon South Africans to also continue supporting our national teams as they fly our flags high in international arena.