By Ashley Maluleke
According to the information at Giyani View’s disposal, soccer tournaments are in full swing in a number of villages in Limpopo, in contravention of level three national lockdown regulations. It was life as normal on 5 July 2020 at Dinga village outside Malamulele as scores of athletes were seen playing football at the local sports field.
It is said that this is the norm in many other villages in the area. These soccer tournaments have grown in popularity as starved residents flock to the dusty sports fields in pursuit of some entertainment. It was no different last Sunday as villagers from Dinga came out in droves to enjoy a taste of some kasi soccer flavour dished out by the local lads.
Despite breaking lockdown protocols, they further compound the problem by not following social distancing rules set by the government.
Following the easing of the lockdown regulations, government published a list of sporting codes that are allowed to resume under level 3 lockdown, but football has not yet been given the greenlight to resume. Many villagers seem to be oblivious of the real risk posed by this invisible enemy that continues to devastate many nations and brought many resilient economies into their knees. Repeated warnings have fallen on deaf ears as most villagers ignorantly go about their lives as normal and seem unconcerned about the looming danger poses by the coronavirus.
Footballers from Mapayeni village on the outskirts of Giyani is said to have also flouted the lockdown regulations by hosting a soccer tournament despite the ban by Government. Some community members of Mapayeni are living in constant fear for their lives and the lives of their children because of stubborn football players and fans who continue with their activities against the law. It is said that concerned residents have reported the matter to the police, but no action has been taken.
Giyani police spokesperson, Constable Ridgewell Rikhotso was not immediately available to comment.