ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM extends its most profound sympathies and condolences to the families and
loved ones of the people who died, or were injured, in last night's tragedy at
The immensity of this tragedy will linger with all South Africans for many years
to come. This tragedy is a signal to government and football bodies to urgently
review the state of venues, especially as we prepare to bid for Soccer World Cup
2010. The building and upgrading of facilities must be a priority.
Complacency played a major role in this disaster. The match organisers were
seemingly taken by surprise; they underestimated the level of enthusiasm of the
supporters of the two clubs, who are both in top form at the moment.
There also doesn't seem to have been proper coordination between Ellispark
security officials, PSL security and the police. Ellispark management must
seriously reconsider whether the security they appoint have the necessary
training and experience.
The UDM calls on all South Africans, especially the soccer community, to stand
together in this time of bereavement. Let this serve as motivation for all of us
to address once and for all the problems in SA soccer. Let us join in
partnership and say: NEVER AGAIN!
Bantu Holomisa, MP
12 April 2001