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Sanco calls for probe into stampede

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Security measures and evacuation plans at sport stadiums need to be reviewed

Rescuers work at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday. Two people were killed in a stampede at South Africa's FNB Stadium during a soccer match, the mayor of Johannesburg said on Saturday. (Xinhua/Yeshiel Panchi)
Security measures and evacuation plans at sport stadiums need to be reviewed in the wake of the death of two people in a stampede at the FNB Stadium in Sowerto, Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon, the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said.
Sanco on Sunday conveyed condolences to the families of the two soccer fans who died in the turnstyle stampede as the derby match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates got under way. 
Seventeen other people were injured in the incident – one critically and 16 with minor injuries.

Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/ANA Pictures

Sanco national spokesman Jabu Mahlangu urged authorities to review security and evacuation plans to ensure that such incidents did not reoccur. “One would have assumed that lessons were learned from the April 11, 2001, Ellis Park stampede that claimed 43 lives and the January 13, 1991 incident that claimed 42 lives at Oppenheimer Stadium in Orkney. It is tragic that after what was a thriller between the two Soweto giants ended with loss of lives,” he said.
Extraordinary measures and advanced communication systems had to be employed whenever capacity crowds were expected at soccer matches. “The excitement and the frenzied crowd must be managed in such a way that there are no incidents and every fan encouraged to take responsibility for their safety and that of others,” Mahlangu said.