The Premier Soccer League on Thursday announced a partnership with the South African Police Service to curb crime and promote safety at local stadiums.
The initiative will see football players participating in various educational programmes in a bid to enable the youth to become active citizens.
The initiative will be launched officially during the kick-off of the 2018/19 MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) season in Hammersdale, KwaZulu-Natal this coming weekend.
Addressing the media at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza said the partnership was to revive the youth in the country and make them active citizens in helping deal with the ills of the society.
“We want MDC players to participate in educational programmes to address bullying, gangsterism, drugs,” said Khoza, who sat alongside Minister of Police Bheki Cele.
“We want to create a better relationship with young people. There is no better way but working together with the PSL and using football, which is the most popular sport,” said Cele.
Khoza added that the initiative will not only be confined to KwaZulu-Natal but other provinces that would host the MDC festivals.
Addressing recent incidents of hooliganism at local stadiums, Khoza and Cele said their partnership will also go a long way in boosting the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act.
“The PSL must work hard on risk assessment. We don’t want to populate the stadiums with the police. Fans must go there and enjoy,” said Cele.