Political parties are headed for a possible collision course with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) over the use of football stadiums to campaign for the upcoming general elections on May 8.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters were seen in their full regalia and displaying banners during last week’s crunch PSL clash between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium‚ which ended in a 1-1 draw. Even though it was not a PSL game‚ EFF supporters were at it again on Saturday during the Caf Champions League match between Sundowns and Al Ahly at Lucas Moripe Stadium‚ where the Brazilians convincingly thrashed the Egyptian giants 5-0 in the quarterfinal‚ first leg.
In the same game in Pretoria‚ African National Congress (ANC) supporters were seen distributing t-shirts outside the stadium and the trend is likely to continue with PSL matches in the coming weeks as the elections draw closer. PSL spokesperson Lux September has asked political parties to refrain from using their platforms for political or religious purposes in future.