“It is not in two weeks or a week, it is now. We have said that, firstly, we need the chairman and others in the leadership of sport to raise their voices against this pandemic,” said Mthethwa.
“Therefore, they will continue with their matches, which will be without spectators, and they will finish the season.
“The most important thing for us, as they do that, is they will be spreading the message to fight against this pandemic.
“So, there is no confusion. Even if we are going to reach a point where there are no matches, that will be gradually phased in. But as we speak, they can have their match tomorrow [Wednesday], with no spectators,” added Mthethwa.
The final decision, however, rest with the PSL Board of Governors, who are set to meet on Thursday to decide when the matches will resume.
Meanwhile SAFA said their position remains unchanged and that is all matches (from amateur level to PSL) must be postponed until further notice, a one-line SAFA statement said in response to the minister’s comments.
SAFA President Danny Joordan is set to meet with the PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza today to discuss the matter further and the association has since emphasized that attempts to play football in empty stadiums was not achieving the desired results after three players in Serie A tested positive in the process.
The South African Premier League, like leagues around the world, is facing an uncertain end with no clear time-frame on how long the country will be in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic.