Readers Get Onside With Julius Malema and the EFF on Reopening Stadiums

Readers Get Onside With Julius Malema and the EFF on Reopening Stadiums

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters are set to crank up the heat on the powers-that-be to consider reopening stadiums to the public for the first time since March 2020.
  • Leader of the party Julius Malema made the promise at a rally last Saturday, and was seen in a video confirming that they'd resort to picketing
  • While there were doubters about the motive, a majority of Sports Brief readers reacted positively to the EFF's stance

The Economic Freedom Forum's intention to picket for the reopening of stadiums has been met with encouragement by sports fans.

There has been a groundswell in sentiment around the country to allow spectators to return to stadiums, with momentum increasing this week. EFF leader Julius Malema was the first politician to openly throw his weight behind this movement.

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Julius Malema. Image source: Halden Krog/Getty Images
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As reported on Sports Brief, Malema said that the fighters would march on the those with the means to reopen stadiums to make their point.

He said:

"On Thursday we are picketing at the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture to demand that it must suggest to the [Coronavirus Command] Council that the stadiums must be opened, even if it's is to a limited amount, we don't care. If there are no results with that picket we are going to picket SAFA, and picket PSL."

Readers were very much onside with Malema for his stance.

Shai Kudumela said:

"Ziyakhala Manje! Thanks, Commander-In-Chief, the next President of RSA!"

Tony Po said:

"What is the difference between what happened at ANC rally and EFF rally over the past weekend? Or according to government or covid will only active during soccer? But DSTV is the one benefitting from all this..."

Sizwe Siyaya said:

"Big up EFF, I stand with you on this one. We demand to go back to stadiums."

Ernst John said:

"Re-opening stadiums will not only entertain spectators, but put food in the table for street vendor's families."

Lizo Dikana said:

"Were those fans filling up those football stadias before Covid? Seems as if to me taverns and shebeens were more full than stadiums."

Vuyisa Nyumbeka said:

"Malema, the president of Amaphara. There's always an element of crime in whatever he does or says."

Movement to reopen stadiums to the public starts to gain momentum

It appears that South African sports fans are itching to get back into stadiums to watch their favourite teams.

As reported on Sports Brief, the famous and the unknown have expressed their opinions in favour of this way forward on the back of encouraging developments in the fight against Covid-19.

The South African government has done away completely with the lockdown, while millions of citizens have also received multiple vaccines.

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