Two people have been killed and several others injured during a stampede at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday afternoon.
Police on Sunday confirmed that an allegation of fake ticketing in connection with a deadly stampede at the Soweto Derby will be investigated.
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“We understand the alleged cause of the stampede to be people trying to sell or present fake tickets at the gate, one thing to another, resulting in the stampede.”
“The city has been notified of two fatalities,” said Luyanda Mfeka, the spokesman for the office of the mayor of Johannesburg.
Michael Sun, MMC for public safety for the City of Johannesburg, first mentioned allegations that a possible cause of the stampede might be linked to the selling of fake tickets at the entry gate.
On Sunday he said that these claims came from information on the ground but the matter was now in the hands of the police.
Stadium Management SA’s Jacques Grobelaar told Eyewitness News (EWN) that CCTV footage revealed that a group of supporters tried to forcefully gain access to the stadium moments before the stampede happened.
Grobelaar is quoted as having said, “A group of people were trying to reach a perimeter over a period of 20 minutes, they breached one of the emergency gates and in the process, they fell down and people walked over them.”
Masondo said that while police would not yet release the names of the two people who were killed during the stampede, he could confirm that they were both men, one aged 30 and the other 31.
He said of the several people that were injured, two remained in critical condition..
In April 2001, a similar stampede saw 43 people crushed to death at Ellis Park, venue for the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, when Chiefs and Pirates met in a midweek league match.
It was the country’s worst sporting tragedy and came as spectators broke through fences in an effort to get into the stadium.
Chiefs and Pirates are South Africa’s best-supported clubs and have a rivalry stretching back almost 50 years.
Saturday’s match was a traditional pre-season friendly between the two clubs.