PSL stampede victims forgotten

2011-04-11 12:41

Johannesburg - Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula expressed dismay at the Premier Soccer League (PSL)'s decision not to commemorate the anniversary of a stampede that left 43 dead at Ellis Park Stadium on April 11, The Star reported on Monday.

The stampede occurred during a league match between Soweto's archrivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, and prompted calls for improved access and exit points, as well as security, at sport venues.

"That event was a complete disaster due to security breakdown at the stadium and such an anarchy must never ever happen again," Mbalula said.
"I am taken aback because the PSL should have organised something to commemorate the tragedy.

"It's something we need to reconsider," he said.

Mbalula, however, was pleased with the way teams had taken the issue of crowd control seriously since the tragedy.


  • Innocent - 2011-04-11 13:54

    I was 20 now 30

      Helen - 2011-04-12 16:06

      i was 37, now 47..................and then?

      hardloop - 2011-04-13 22:12

      @innocent. What?

  • Russell - 2011-04-12 18:00

    This is peoples lives we're talkin lives. Not your ages. Do you not have any sympathy for the families of the descesed. Shame on both of you. I almost went to that game and my domestic worker's son was at that game but luckily he was fine. This is no joking matter.

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