UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

ELLISPARK SOCCER TRAGEDY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

The 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 Ellispark.

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!

Enquiries:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President

Cape Town
12 April 2001