Eric Tinkler was under huge pressure coming into the Soweto Derby on Saturday, but it was his rival Steve Komphela that left with his reputation questioned even more so.
Siyabonga Sangweni did well to intercept Camaldine Abraw’s pass for Edward Manqele early on.
Kermit Erasmus tried his luck from range, but the diminutive forward’s effort sailed wide without troubling Itumeleng Khune thereafter.
Then Thabo Rakhale forced Khune into a decent save from range.
In the 25th minute Khune parried the ball onto Issa Sarr’s path, and the midfielder scored from close range to hand the away side the lead.
Chiefs restored parity through their towering defender Eric Mathoho, who rose well inside the Pirates box to head home.
In the second half Ayanda Gcaba restored the Buccaneers’ lead with a stunning header from Erasmus’ well-taken corner-kick.
Chiefs broke on a quick counter-attack in the 67th minute, with Manqele sending Abraw through on goal, but Thandani Ntshumayelo made a brilliant tackle to stop the striker inside the Bucs box.
Gabuza sealed Pirates’ 3-1 victory with an easy tap in after some good work by Erasmus, who dribbled past Mathoho before setting up his teammate.
Thus ended Amakhosi’s unbeaten run in the PSL this season.