Amakhosi and Pirates are heading to Swaziland regardless of protests and pleas from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to boycott their trip.
The two Soweto giants will participate in the King’s Super Cup at Somhlolo Stadium on Saturday despite warnings from the Swaziland Solidary Network (SSN) forum who have been vocal against monarch King Mswati III’s regime.
The SSN met with Chiefs executive chairman Kaizer Motaung and Pirates’ chairman Irvin Khoza, with a joint statement reading: “The SSN expressed their concern that the Swaziland government would use this tournament for ‘political posturing’. The club chairmen (Motaung and Khoza) stated that whereas the clubs operate in an environment affected by politics, they could not use the game to pursue political agendas.
“However, the two teams support democracy and respect human rights.”
The statement continued: “Both chairmen explained to the SSN that the tournament was organised as an initiative of the clubs for the benefit of soccer development in the region.
“They have agreed to meet with the SSN after they have sought advice and clarity from the political leadership in South Africa.”
Fidel Mlombo, Cosatu’s provincial secretary in Mpumalanga, this week insisted on efforts to ensure that Mzansi fans do not cross the border to support the day’s festivities.
Tickets officially go on sale today, starting from R250.
In the past, musicians led by Cosatu affiliated body, the Creative Workers Union of South Africa, have refrained from performing in the kingdom.
Swazi human rights groups threatened protests if Chiefs and Pirates participated in the competition.