South Africa Orkney, Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates crowd incident 13/01/1991


On this day, 13 January 1991, South African football experienced its worst disaster of that time when 42 football supporters lost their lives and scores left injured in a stampede at the Oppenheimer Stadium in the North West town of Orkney.

13 January 1991 - And They Still Call This A Friendly

On 13 January 1991, violence erupted between supporters of Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at a preseason friendly held at the Oppenheimer Stadium (pictured) in Orkney, South Africa, resulting in 42 deaths. At the time, it was the worst football-related tragedy in South African history.

Security at stadium where 42 died may have been 'inadequate'

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Soccer officials Monday unofficially blamed inadequate stadium security for the violence and stampede by thousands of fans that left 42 people dead and more than 50 injured in South Africa’s worst sporting disaster.

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