Why Did The Soweto Derby Continued Despite Deaths?

Staff Writer | The Republic Mail

By MJ Majuru

Questions are being asked about why the Soweto Derby was allowed to continue on Saturday despite two people dying in a stampede at the stadium.

Stadium management says a crowd tried to push through the gates shortly after a goal was scored in the Carling Black Label Cap and triggered the stampede.

The two victims died of blunt force trauma, according to Stadium Management SA CEO Jacques Grobbelaar.

Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba released a statement expressing his condolences to the families of the deceased.

“This sad loss of life at such a highly anticipated event is indeed a tragedy and the City will work with all the relevant authorities to prevent tragedies such as this in future,” said Mashaba.

However, social media users want to know why the game was not stopped.

Kaizer Chiefs won the Derby on Saturday.