Following football suspension and the country’s lockdown, the Premier Soccer League match securities have revealed how the shutdown left them without an income affecting their livelihood.
Close to 2000 security guards work at the PSL matches during the weekends, with two guards Thabisa Nkwazi and Mathews Sithole stating that they fear eviction as their landlords have not shown an understanding of their situations.
“I rent in Soweto for R1,200 a month. I’m a single mother with two children and there is no food on the table. I also support my brother, who is unemployed in the Eastern Cape” revealed Nkwazi as quoted by TimesLive
“It’s really affecting us because that’s the money we live with. Now there’s no way you can pay your rent or buy food. I have a wife, who does not work, and three children. My landlord has not shown understanding. I am worried we will be evicted. I don’t have other plans because working at PSL games is how I live,” Sithole, from Jabulani in Soweto, said
The League’s head of security Jacques Grobbelaar said that many security companies in South Africa will find themselves jobless during the lockdown as many companies have shutdown.
“We are feeling the effect of coronavirus as a company that relies not just on the PSL, but on other events too. We are shut down and not getting any income,” SGrobelaar said