FNB Stadium stampede inquiry called off

The Carling Black Label Cup, South Africa's biggest pre-season football encounter between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, in 2017 ended in tragedy when a stampede at a closed-off entrance gate resulted in injuries to numerous fans and the death of two supporters.

However, the Department have announced that active opposition and a lack of cooperation has left them with little choice but to abandon their inquiry into the incident.

New Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa posted a notice in the Government Gazette, which read: “The Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa has filed a notice of intention to withdraw the earlier published Government Gazette notice on the establishment of a Ministerial Committee of Inquiry into the deaths of spectators at FNB Stadium during the match of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

“The Department has noted with concern the lack of cooperation necessary to execute the mandate of such an Inquiry by key role players.

“As Inquiries of these nature relies largely on the cooperation of the affected stakeholders and there has been active opposition on this one‚ the Department found it necessary to withdraw the current notice and to review other available legal instruments and to vigorously pursue the matter further through other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the interests of justice for the families of the deceased are served‚ as well as to ensure that the relevant laws of the Republic are respected and observed.

“The Department will take it upon itself to pursue this matter further with other law enforcement agencies and to explore other intra-governmental instruments to ensure that the matter is still fully investigated and that where necessary justice is served appropriately.”