Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs chairperson Kaizer Motaung says he "will never get used to talking about" the Ellis Park disaster on the 18th
anniversary of that fateful day.
On April 11, 2001, 43 people were crushed to death in a
stampede at Ellis Park Stadium during a Kaizer Chiefs-Orlando Pirates Soweto
Motaung admitted that the anniversary still sends shivers
down his spine.
“It is one fateful and unforgettable date. The picture
remains vivid in my mind every time I think about that night,” reflected
Motaung on his club’s website.
“I will not get used to talking about this. It happened, and
it is part of our history. One philosopher George Santayana said, ‘Those who do
not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’.
“We are bound to refer to this unfortunate incident to renew
and pledge our solidarity with the bereaved families and review the measures
that were put in place as a result.
“The Ngoepe Commission was appointed by former President
Thabo Mbeki to investigate the cause of the stampede and make recommendations
to avoid a similar occurrence in the future.”
The Amakhosi boss sent his condolences to the family of the
departed, while saying there would be a prayer ceremony and visitations at the
famed stadium today.
“My deepest feelings of sympathy to the families that lost
their beloved stays on. We always keep them in our prayers because we share
their pain as the football family,” he added.
“The day is remembered in various ways by different
stakeholders. A prayer ceremony at the stadium is part of the commemoration and
I know there will be visitations to mark the day at Ellis Park Stadium to show
“I wish to reiterate on behalf of the Kaizer Chiefs Family
my condolences to the families and wish that the departed rest in the