Kaizer Motaung pays tribute to #EllisParkDisaster victims


Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung on Tuesday remembered those who had died 16 years ago when the Soweto Derby between his club and Orlando Pirates saw a tragedy unfolding on the field at the Ellis Park Stadium.

“It is one of the saddest days in South African football,” remembered Motaung. “It is a fateful day where supporters lost their lives for the love of soccer and their favourite teams on April 11, 2001.”

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Grieving relatives are helped to lay a wreath for those who died at Johannesburg's Ellis Park soccer stadium April 15, 2001.

“This is one event that always reminds us of who we are and how far we’ve come to be here,” commented Motaung.

“Such events always refresh our humility before the Almighty, whose ever presence carries us through the good and the dark days. This indeed was one of the darkest days and we will never ever forget that.

“I wish to once more pay homage to the families of the departed,” said Motaung. “As the souls of the departed, we will always bear in mind that people have paid the ultimate price for the sake of soccer.

“On behalf of the Kaizer Chiefs fraternity, I send my heartfelt love and peace to all concerned in remembrance of this day.”

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