43 soccer fans died during a stampede at the Johannesburg stadium because of overcrowding.
158 people were also injured when 80 000 supporters tried to cram into a 60 000-seater venue on the fatal Wednesday.
An inquiry blamed stadium organisers, fans, league officials, police and private security guards for a combination of events – from bad planning to graft – that led to the disaster.
Fans, media outlets and sporting bodies took to Twitter to commemorate the tragic event on its 18 year anniversary under the hashtag #EllisPark43.
— Carol Tshabalala (@SimplyCarol8) April 11, 2019
“It is one fateful and unforgettable date. The picture remains vivid in my mind every time I think about that night.”
— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) April 11, 2019
☠ Today marks the Anniversary of the Ellis Park Disaster where 43 football loving fans lost their lives in a league match between @orlandopirates and @KaizerChiefs 18 years ago. #WeShallNeverForget #EllisPark43 #EllisParkDisaster pic.twitter.com/ziT44v93bg
— Orlando Pirates Fans | The Sea Robbers (@TheSeaRobbers) April 11, 2019
11 APRIL 2001…43 fans lost their lives in a https://t.co/n7cKI34ILn the soweto derby. May their football loving souls rest in peace🕊🕊🕊 we will never forget ..it’s more than just a game #ELLISPARK43 pic.twitter.com/nRdk80mrFC
— ENOCK POKOPOKO (@ENOCKPOKOPOKO) April 11, 2019
Remembering the 43 people who tragically lost their lives during the Ellis Park Tragedy in 2001.
— Offside Football (@Offside_ZA) April 11, 2019
These photographs paint a grim picture of the disaster:
The names of the victims who passed away will always be remembered:
This raw footage of the disaster shows the devastating extent of the stampede:
Source: Capricorn Review