PSL terminate probe into Derby deaths

Posted: 29 September 2017 Time: 04:40 pm

The PSL investigation into the death of two fans at the Carling Black Label Champion Cup between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on July 29 has been terminated following 'the institution of a Ministerial Committee of Inquiry' by Sports Minister Thulas Nxesi.

The PSL released a statement, which reads: 'The enquiry into the events at the match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on 29 July 2017 led by Advocate Maleka SC has been discontinued by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in light of the institution of a Ministerial Committee of Inquiry by the Minister of Sport Mr Thulas Nxesi.

'The decision was arrived at for a number of reasons including the indication by Advocate Maleka SC and his team that the Ministerial Commission would be better able to obtain all relevant information insofar as it will have powers of subpoena covering those not subject to the jurisdiction of the League.

'The very existence of the Committee has meant that other relevant role-players that would have in all probability have volunteered essential information to Advocate Maleka SC were no longer prepared to that.  Understandably some felt they should not have to duplicate their preparation and efforts.

'Without powers of subpoena, Advocate Maleka SC and his team could not compel the provision of information.

'The Ministerial Commission will be chaired by a retired judge and the League is convinced that it will be best placed to establish all the facts and circumstances.

'The Maleka SC investigation has consequently been terminated on the basis that the League will provide such assistance to the Commission as may be required.'

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