Remembering the 43 killed in Ellis Park soccer stampede 18 years ago

Remembering the 43 killed in Ellis Park soccer stampede 18 years ago

Today, 18 years ago, 43 people went to watch a match between the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, but they never returned home.

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On 11 April, 2001, the country witnessed its most horrific sport accident to date. According to South Africa History Online, 250 were injured as fans stormed an already overcrowded stadium during a match between the two South African rivals.

Briefly.co.za gathered 43 people were trampled to death during the stampede, 29 of whom died on the scene while a further 14 passed away later as a result of injuries sustained during the incident.

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Several children were among the fatalities and the story sent shockwaves across the country. The accident was a result of an overly-crowded stadium, with a police spokesman putting the figure at 120 000 - double the number of spectators the stadium was built to accommodate.

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To this day, the Ellis Park Stampede was an accident South Africans will never forget. Taking to social media, Mzansi remembered those who died 18 years ago.

Social media user @s_fevah recalled the horrific evening, adding the situation was 'very bad'.

"I was there with my dad, it was very bad situation at my age seeing bodies lying there, may they souls rest in peace," he wrote on Twitter.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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