The Ellis Park Stadium disaster happened today 16 years ago

On 11 April 2001, a soccer game between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at Ellis Park Stadium became the site of South Africa’s worst sporting tragedy.

43 soccer fans died during a stampede at the Johannesburg stadium because of overcrowding.

158 people were also injured when 80 000 supporters tried to cram into a 60 000-seater venue on the fatal Wednesday.

An inquiry blamed stadium organisers, fans, league officials, police and private security guards for a combination of events – from bad planning to graft – that led to the disaster.

Fans, media outlets and sporting bodies took to Twitter to commemorate the tragic event on its 16 year anniversary  under the hashtag #EllisPark43.

The pictures paint a grim picture of the disaster:

Ellis Park disaster happened 16 years ago today. Picture from twitter

The names of the victims who passed away will always be remembered:

This raw footage of the disaster shows the devastating extent of the stampede:

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