Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba, said on Saturday that two people were killed in a stampede at South Africa’s FNB Stadium during a soccer match. The incident happened at a gate of the stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final, during a match between Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The match was allowed to continue, and Kaizer Chiefs won 1-0, according to the report.
In a statement, Executive Mayor Cllr FNB Stadium extended condolences to the families of the “two residents who tragically lost their lives during a stampede…”
The cause of the stampede is under investigation by the South African police, said the statement.
“All gates have been opened to ensure crowd control, and the game is proceeding without any further incident,” the statement added.
Michael Sun, Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for public safety for Johannesburg, said that the situation is calm and the injured were sent to local hospitals.
The Soweto Derby between two of Johannesburg’s biggest clubs always attracts huge crowds, and all stadium gates were reportedly open in an attempt to deal with the extra numbers.
FNB Stadium is located in Nasrec, bordering the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa. The stadium underwent a massive renovation with a whopping R1.5 billion in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,736.
The stadium was the site of Nelson Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from prison in 1990. A memorial service of the late Mandela was also held in this stadium.