The Fight That Shook The Nation: MaMkhize vs. AmaZulu Security
Shawn ‘Ma‘ Mkhize, president of Royal AM, and some of her team members got into a fight with AmaZulu security guards during the KwaZulu–Natal Derby at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. The altercation occurred when Mkhize was refused access to a particular entrance after the game ended in a 1–1 draw.
Tensions had already started to rise when Mkhize and her entourage decided to park their cars outside the stadium and enter through the turnstiles. Additionally, AmaZulu offered Mkhize and her team space inside a suite, as opposed to their usual section in the stands.
The source said Mkhize and her team had to walk from the swimming pool to the turnstiles to enter the stadium as they were not provided with enough VIP tickets. When they arrived at the venue in the morning, the VIP suite on the fifth floor was given to them and they were unhappy with the situation.
Furthermore, Andile Mpisane was reportedly looking for AmaZulu CEO, Sne Zungu, as he was said to be furious. The club is now waiting to see if the match commissioner, Morne Daniels, included the altercation in his report, which could lead to disciplinary action for either team.
“If this is not included in the match report, then it could cause a lot of trouble,” said the source. “We know we can defend ourselves if we have to because we‘ll face each other again in the league next season. This could get very heated. It‘s strange that the video being shared on social media only shows one side of the altercation and not the other. When contacted for comment, AmaZulu media officer Brilliant Mkhathini raised concerns about the conduct of Royal AM‘s representatives on the day.
He said it was unusual for people to try to use name–dropping to ignore the PSL rules. The competition area is only for accredited personnel, and the security was simply checking the accreditation when they were stopped by officials from the opposing team.
It was strange that the accreditation was only produced after the incident had gotten out of hand. Additionally, he questioned if the CEO was accountable for this and if the match commissioner was present to oversee the match in accordance with the league‘s rules. Furthermore, he stated that on Saturday, even celebrities and guests wanted to access the competition area before and after the match, which is not the norm.