Mzansi’s soccer stars are in mourning after the tragic stampede that killed two fans on Saturday at the Soweto Derby.
Two men died and more than 25 were injured while attempting to enter gate J at FNB Stadium, Soweto during the Carling Black Label Champions Club match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
While the victims’ families tried to make sense of their loss yesterday, celebrities and government officials expressed sympathy.
Sports Minister Thulas Nxesi said: “Our condolences go out to the families of the dead and we will in due course liaise with them to convey our message of support in this difficult time.”
Orlando Pirates’ Oupa Manyisa said: “RIP to the football fans who lost their lives coming to do something they love.”
Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana said: “Condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the stampede and a speedy recovery to all injured. Thoughts and prayers to all affected.”
Kaizer Chiefs’ Willard Katsande said: “Very sad news to hear about those fans who died. Our thoughts are with them and their families.”
Ramahlwe Mphahlele, also of Chiefs, said: “Heartfelt condolences to those who lost their loved ones and a speedy recovery to those injured.”
Chiefs soccer club tweeted: “The police and stadium management are working together to investigate the incident.”
Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba said: “The sad loss of life at such a highly anticipated event is a tragedy and the city will work with all the authorities to prevent such incidents in future.”
Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said: “I convey my deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the stampede and wish all those who were injured a speedy recovery.”