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FNB Stadium Stampede Inquiry Abandoned

New South African Sports Minister Abandons FNB Stadium Stampede Inquiry

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 25, 2018 03:28 PM
New South African Sports Minister Thokozile Xasa vows to continue the department's rigorous investigation into the FNB Stadium stampede, despite being forced to abandon the Ministerial Committee of Inquiry.
 
 
Tragedy struck the 2017 Carling Black Label Cup, the pre-season match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates when a stampede at a closed entrance gate led to the deaths of two supporters, as well as numerous injuries.
 
However, the Department of Sport and Recreation have revealed they were met by active opposition in their inquiry, as well as a lack of cooperation from the "affected stakeholders", forcing them to call off the committee's inquiry.
 
 
A statement posted by Minister of Sport and Recreation Thokozile Xasa in the Government Gazette read: “Notice to withdraw the establishment of committee of inquiry and its terms reference to investigate facts and events that led to the death of two soccer fans and injury to twenty-one other fans at the soccer match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs on 29 July 2017‚ published on 20 October 2017.
 
“I‚ Thokozile Xasa, MP, Minister of Sport and Recreation, hereby, by virtue of the powers conferred on me under section 13(5) (a) of the National Sport and Recreation Act‚ 1998 (Act No. 110 of 1998 as amended) read with the Public Finance Management Act‚ 1999 (Act No. 1 as amended)‚of 1999) and its Treasury Regulations to establish the Committee of Inquiry‚ hereby withdraw such committee and its terms of reference to investigate the tragic events at the soccer match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on 29 July 2017 at which two soccer fans died and twenty-one others were injured as set out in the Schedule, chaired by Judge Pillay, assisted by Mr Masilo Maake and Mr Eugine Van Vuuren. Given under my Hand on the 16 day of March 2018.”
 
However, Xasa, who replaced Thembelani Nxesi as Sports Minister in February, has promised their investigation will not end there, with the statement continuing: “As Inquiries of these nature relies largely on the cooperation of the affected stakeholders and there has been active opposition on this one‚ the Department found it necessary to withdraw the current notice and to review other available legal instruments and to vigorously pursue the matter further through other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the interests of justice for the families of the deceased are served‚ as well as to ensure that the relevant laws of the Republic are respected and observed.
 
“The Department will take it upon itself to pursue this matter further with other law enforcement agencies and to explore other intra-governmental instruments to ensure that the matter is still fully investigated and that where necessary justice is served appropriately.”
 

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Tsikinosky Joined: 08 Jun 2016
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Tsikinosky Mar 26, 2018 06:47 AM
@mbheduyajika I'm so disapointed in u. U stl consider cricket n rugby as white sports. Tht means u stl consider towns n farms as whites places
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Tsikinosky Mar 26, 2018 06:43 AM
@amdunyelwa718 stop yr childish game wena mpatha. If we play in an empty stadium the PSL wl nt make money remember tht. Sundowns used 2 play in an empty stadium nt Pirates.
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amdunyelwa718 Mar 26, 2018 01:19 AM
Can someone answer me cause I want to know what happened to a case of Orlando Pirates when then were beaten 6-0 by Sundowns and their fans destroyed the stadium? Psl is not fair coz firstly on their next game they should have played with empty stadium.
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thokoza_walikhosi Mar 25, 2018 09:47 PM
These stampedes can be avoided if we as soccer supporters can learn come earlier at the stadiums.PSL must lock da gates when the soccer kicks off and unlock them again just @ half time.
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mbheduyajika Mar 25, 2018 08:25 PM
you never hear about stampedes in white sports like Rugby and cricket or in white stadiums where these sports are played. only when blacks are involved. ay our people though
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 25, 2018 08:09 PM
This article is meaningless juicy-less and irritating in the process..... Freshier News plz
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Bora Wedawana kby Mar 25, 2018 06:23 PM
@Myaka weliPhefeni you are beautiful my girl but you are a Zebra eish
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Bora Wedawana kby Mar 25, 2018 06:21 PM
Mxm no news here marni cowditor
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Amose Mar 25, 2018 04:42 PM
Ok Xasa
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rams12345 Mar 25, 2018 04:41 PM
This suld be reported in news24 and dailysun,not here. Bloody zebra editor
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Myaka weliPhefeni Mar 25, 2018 04:30 PM
Who s this now? Haaaaay ANC wth their chop and changies,i wll not suprice if i get that Siviwe Mpengesi his a big fan of this political party loool
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setlaboswana Mar 25, 2018 04:24 PM
Does Black live matter in this Country?
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115045259 Mar 25, 2018 04:02 PM
O raet
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frankisto Mar 25, 2018 03:47 PM
Mhhhhh
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frankisto Mar 25, 2018 03:47 PM
Whatever!!

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