On Saturday, a spectator at the rugby union Tri-Nations clash between South Africa and New Zealand in Durban got onto the ground where he attacked Irish referee David McHugh.
The official suffered a dislocated shoulder in the incident. "The decision to build the moats was taken nine months ago, so it is not a reaction to the weekend's incident," Bacher told the Johannesburg-based 'Star'. At the 1999 World Cup in England and the Netherlands, there were a number of pitch invasions.
We simply can't have that. "Not only is there a chance of injury to players or officials, as we saw on Saturday at the rugby, but an invasion also discredits the country." The moats, which will cost $ 70,000, will be about 1.5 metres (five feet) wide and filled with mesh netting designed to trap anyone trying to get on to the field, the 'Star' reported.
Closed-circuit television cameras will also be installed at all the grounds, at a cost of some $ 400,000 to monitor spectator activity.