MTN8 final

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro. Image: @FARPost / Twitter

Security measures beefed up to tackle fake tickets for MTN8 final

SAPS says police will deployed in number at the MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium to tackle the issue of fake tickets amongst others.

MTN8 final

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro. Image: @FARPost / Twitter

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed that its various disciplines and other security agencies will be deployed for the MTN8 Final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday, 5 November 2022.

Durban’s very own AmaZulu FC will face off with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates to lift the MTN 8 cup and walk away with R8 million. 


AmaZulu FC are looking to end their 32-year trophy drought while Orlando Pirates Pirates are appearing in their second MTN8 final in three years after defeating Bloemfontein Celtics in 2020.

The police service said planning between the SAPS, Premier Soccer League (PSL) Security Clusters, stadium representatives and other security agencies has been ongoing for weeks.

Spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker said a proactive approach, which resulted in successful soccer events being hosted previously, has been adopted for Saturday’s game.  

Naicker said police officers and other personnel will be deployed in and around the stadium as well as around the city to tackle the problem of fake tickets and resale of event tickets.

“There will be a zero-tolerance approach to fake tickets and resale of tickets. Police and other law enforcement will monitor the event and ensure that there is peace and stability. The fans with valid tickets are urged to come early as the gates will be open at 15:00.” 

Brigadier Jay Naicker

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SAPS said people coming into the stadium will be searched for any prohibited items and such will be confiscated.

The public has been cautioned of the following prohibited items which will not be allowed into the stadium under any circumstances:

  • Sharp instruments e.g. knives
  • Firearms
  • Bottles
  • Alcohol

Public parking areas around the stadium are also available and include the Mustering Field, Kings Park swimming pool and Suncoast. 

Naicker said motorists are advised to come early to avoid traffic congestion at the parking gates; make sure that their vehicles are locked properly; close all doors and windows; do not give car keys to any stranger or car guards and do not leave valuable goods in the car.

In terms of traffic management Naicker said there will be high visibility of police officers on the roads around the stadium to regulate and manage traffic. The roads that might be affected include Masabalala Yengwa Avenue, Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Sandile Thusi, Battery Beach Road and Suncoast Boulevard, Isaiah Ntshangase, Masabalala Yengwa and Umgeni Road. Road signage will be visible for parking.

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