Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung remembers the Ellis Park Stadium Disaster fallen
Posted: 11 April 2018 Time: 07:58
Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung says he still gets harrowing flashbacks of the Ellis Park Stadium Disaster, which took place 17 years ago to this day.
Forty-three fans lost their lives that fateful Wednesday and 158 sustained injuries during a Soweto Derby between Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg.
The tragedy unfolded as 80 000 supporters tried to cram into the 60 000-seater venue.
An inquiry blamed stadium organisers, fans, league officials, police and private security guards for a combination of events – from bad planning to graft - for South Africa's worst sporting accident.
Motaung has once again conveyed his condolences to the bereaved.
He told his club's website: “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.
“Once more, I want to convey my message of sympathy to the families and friends that lost their loved ones in the disaster. 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 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.
“It is a coincidence that this time the disaster day falls within the period of mourning for the passing of Mama Winnie Mandela. This day cannot be work as usual at the Village, we will observe the day in the headquarters with the players and staff observing a moment of silence. We will amplify via various media our solidarity with the bereaved families and friends.
“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.”