Jan 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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POLL | Should spectators be allowed back at stadiums?

EFF leader Julius Malema has called for spectators to attend events in stadiums, sparking a new debate.

Addressing party supporters during the EFF’s Siyabonga rally in eThekwini over the weekend, Malema said Lifting the restrictions on gatherings would help reduce unemployment, especially in the entertainment sector, which is hardest hit by the restrictions.

“We want the entertainment industry to open up. We want our people to be entertained. We are unemployed. We don’t have the money to go to school, pay rent, buy houses. We have to entertain ourselves out of our own poverty, ”said Malema.

At Alert Level 1, gatherings are limited to no more than 1,000 people indoors and no more than 2,000 outdoors.

Malema called on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to tackle the problem of spectators in the stadiums and to challenge the lockdown restrictions.

< span> “We call on the leadership of the PSL to stop being afraid and to be cowardly (sic) and to challenge this government.

” Why is the PSL silent when political Parties meet in football stadiums, but football clubs are not allowed to meet in stadiums? This is total nonsense. It’s not science.

“We want our football back, we want our entertainment back, we want our festivals back, we want our economy to be open to us all, for the youth of KwaZulu-Natal to get jobs back, ”said Malema.

Limited viewers were allowed to watch Bafana Bafana’s World Cup qualifiers late last year, but there was little interest from PSL Clubs opening stadiums to fans.

Club officials surveyed by TimesLIVE said it was not economically viable for clubs to allow a limited number of stadiums. This is due to the added security and staff required to check the vaccination status of spectators and ensure that there are no more than 2,000 in a venue.

Most SA clubs make money from bad Participation.