Stadium stampede kills 2 at soccer match in South Africa
30 July, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Douglas Reid
Two people were killed Saturday during a soccer match at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, seen here in 2013, when it hosted the funeral for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The incident at the FNB Stadium occurred at one of the gates, and it is so far unclear what happened.
"The cause of the stampede is under investigation by the South African Police Service".
Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Public Safety‚ Councillor Michael Sun‚ confirmed the news on Twitter during the match‚ revealing that all the gates were opened to ensure crowd control.
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Meanwhile, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said the city would be working with SAPS to ensure that the incident is investigated.
He said, "the 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 as this in future".
While Sun was unable to confirm the number of those injured, or the extent of their injuries, he says they are being treated at the scene.
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