South Africa begins probe into FNB Stadium disaster

South Africa has opened an investigation into a stampede that lead to two deaths at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg last month.

The incident took place during a pre-season derby match between rival football clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Early reports have suggested that Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA), which manages the venue, found in a preliminary study that fake tickets led to crushing at the 87,000-capacity stadium.

However, SMSA called for a larger probe into the incident and the country has responded by confirming the launch of a full-scale investigation, with senior counsel advocate Vincent Maleka calling for witnesses to come forward with information.

“I am from Mamelodi, that’s where I grew up but it doesn’t mean I am a (Mamelodi) Sundowns fan. I follow soccer,” Maleka told the SowetanLIVE website.

“We would like to invite anyone who has information that can assist in the preparation of the report to bring it to our attention.”

The FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City Stadium, was one of various venues used to stage matches during the country’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, including the final of the national team football tournament between Spain and the Netherlands.

In addition, the facility was used to stage Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013.

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