Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung has paid a moving tribute to the families of those who lost their lives in the Ellis Park Stadium disaster 16 years ago.
It was on April 11, 2001, that 43 people were tragically killed following a stampede during the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
"It is one of the saddest days in South African football," Motaung was quoted saying on the Chiefs website.
"It is a fateful day where supporters lost their lives for the love of soccer and their favourite teams.
"This is one event that always reminds us of who we are and how far we've come to be here.
"Such events always refresh our humility before the Almighty, whose ever presence carries us through the good and the dark days. This indeed was one of the darkest days and we will never ever forget that.
"I wish to once more pay homage to the families of the departed. As the souls of the departed Rest In Peace, we will always bear in mind that people have paid the ultimate price for the sake of soccer.
"On behalf of the Kaizer Chiefs fraternity, I send my heartfelt Love and Peace to all concerned in remembrance of this day," Motaung concluded.