Two people die in Soweto derby stampede at FNB Stadium

Posted July 30, 2017

Two people have been killed in a stampede that took place on Saturday afternoon at a stadium in South Africa.

Can't believe #carlingcup goes on regardless while two people are dead after stampede outside @FNBStadium.

Reports coming our of Soweto is that a stampede has taken place at the FNB Stadium, with casualties being reported.

Match tickets were sold out two weeks before the game.

We will have to wait for a fuller investigation before drawing a conclusion.

Public safety official Michael Sun said on Twitter that all gates at the stadium had been opened to "ensure crowd control" and that the situation was later brought under control.

Operations Manager for Gauteng EMS Colin Errakiah says one person is in a critical condition in hospital. It has also played an important role in South African politics.

"There was lots of traffic to get inside the stadium. people were getting angry and some were drunk. and wanted to get into the stadium quickly", said Hlangani.

Mashaba said the cause of the crush was being investigated.

The country's two most popular teams, the Kaizer Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates, were playing at a pre-season derby at FNB stadium.