PSL remembers 43 killed at Ellis Park disaster

By Drum Digital
11 April 2015

Fourteen years ago, 43 Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs fans lost their lives in a stampede at Ellis Park stadium in Soweto.

Fourteen years ago on this day, April 11, 43 soccer fans lost their lives during a soccer match in 2001.

The Soweto Dery between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs went south when Ellis Park was filled beyond capacity and waiting fans rushed through gates, causing a stampede that caused the fatalities.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has written a short commemoration about the lives that were lost on that tragic day.

"The Premier Soccer League remembers those football supporters who tragically lost their lives," the statement on the site reads

"Every year we remind ourselves and the lessons the tragedy offered. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of those football supporters who lost their lives."

It has been reported that the stadium which only has the capacity to house 60 000 spectators was filled beyond that with 120 00o fans.

29 people died inside the stadium while 14 died outside and further 250 were injured in the incident.

Fans interviewed after the occurrence were quoted as saying that they thought the clubs cared more about ticket sales than they did about the safety of spectators.

Source: South African History Online

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