- There was drama at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban before the DStv Premiership match between Richards Bay FC and Orlando Pirates
- A fake ticket seller was apprehended by security while in the act of allegedly distributing his counterfeit wares
- This comes amid the realisation that the fake ticket trade is proving to be rather lucrative
Caught in the act!
This was the case for an alleged fake ticket seller who was operating at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban. This was before the DStv Premiership match between Richards Bay FC and Orlando Pirates.
Journalist Robin-Duke Madlala was on the scene as the individual was apprehended by security guards at the venue. He snapped several pictures of him being escorted off the premises.
His fate was yet to be revealed at the time of publication.
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Fans warned about fake tickets
This is not the first time Sports Brief has reported on fake tickets being sold at local football matches,
In February, fans who attended the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates were warned about the ongoing sales of counterfeit tickets outside Soccer City. Stadium Management South Africa said that it was a roaring trade that was proving difficult to curtail.
SMSA CEO Bertie Grobler said that, in future, there would be ticket verification sites in and around venues managed by the organisation, with those found to possess fraudulent ones being removed from the stadiums. Also, undercover police officers are now on the lookout for the crooks.
Fake ticket syndicate making millions
A syndicate selling fake match tickets is reportedly making a killing from their activities.
Last November at the Carling Black Label Cup held at Soccer City, around 7 500 fake tickets were on sale outside the venue.
According to a SowetanLIVE report, Stadium Management South Africa CEO Bertie Grobbelaar and a representative from the publication observed scalpers selling these duplicates on the day.
The article reported that several fake ticket factories around Soweto were targeting Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns matches, with music and entertainment events around Gauteng also being aimed at by the criminals.