Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
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11 Apr 2018
11:04 am

Chiefs chairman remembers Ellis Park disaster

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung says the game between Amakhosi and Orlando Pirates back in April 11, 2001 at the Ellis Park Stadium will forever remain in their memories.

43 fans died during a stampede at Ellis Park Stadium in 2001 (Gallo Images)

The game left 43 dead following a stampede and the Chiefs chairman says it is heart-breaking.

“This day, 11 April, is significant and will forever be in our memories. This is a constant reminder to ensure that proper security measures are put in place at the stadiums. I will not forget this day; I get flashbacks when I remember the 43 people that died on this day. This is a heart-breaking part of our football history,” Motaung was quoted on the club’s website.

“Once more, I want to convey my message of sympathy to the families and friends that lost their loved ones in the disaster,” Motaung continues. “Words fail me; I still can’t believe the disaster happened. No words can describe how much I feel about it. This event was regrettable and we pay respect to the departed souls and the bereaved who had to endure this painful experience.

The Chiefs chairman added that the disaster taught them a lot about proper planning for games and this reminder will ensure that there is always safety at the stadiums.

“The disaster taught us many things. From the disaster we learned the hard way to plan our match events thoroughly to avoid the repeat of this fateful night. I wish the families well and strength during this sad reminder,” he added.

“On behalf of the Kaizer Chiefs Family, I wish to convey my utmost sympathy to the bereaved. I hope with this as a constant reminder, we will continue to work hard to tighten the planning for safety at match events.”