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Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality responds to death of fan at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

MAY 11, 2015
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality responds to death of fan at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Monday issued a statement concerning the death of a soccer fan at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium during the 2014/2015 ABSA PSL match between Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United.

"The city was proud to have hosted the final PSL match on Saturday, 9 may 2015, between champions Kaizer Chiefs and our very own "Chilli Boys" Chippa United. We are happy to have been the stage where Chiefs received their trophy and United were confirmed as a PSL team for at least another season.

"The crowd was fantastic both in numbers and in spirit, as they cheered their teams on in an exciting and pulsating game, watched by millions of South Africans and Africans across the country and continent. It was a great spectacle for sport, as well as further evidence of our city's prowess at hosting such major occasions," said Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Municipal Manager, Mpilo Mambisa.

"The record of the stadium in terms of safety and security is impeccable.

"And this is why we are shocked and saddened by the news that a supporter lost his life after the match. Since the unfortunate incident after the match, my office has been in contact with the stadium management, through which we have interacted with the SAPS and all other stakeholders regarding the incident and all other related matters."

Mbambisa said that at this stage, the matter is with the SAPS, and we are fully confident that they will provide clarity as to how it came about that a life was lost.

"The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality offers its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased, the supporters' fraternities of both Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United, and the management and staff of the PSL. Our Municipality will be personally extending our expression of condolence to the family when they arrive later today from Cape Town.

"We also take this opportunity to express our extreme concern at the pitch invasion that occurred immediately after the match. Such scenes have never before been witnessed at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and we look forward to receiving a report with solid recommendations from the stadium management to prevent such a recurrence," he said.

"We wish to state categorically that this weekend's incident is in no way an indication of the stadium's safety systems, of the performance of the security services, in particular the SAPS."

Mabisa said that the municiaplity is 'more than' ready to host the Nedbank Cup Final on Saturday, 16th May, and is encouraging all football-loving fans to watch the match on Saturday.

"In this regard, we re-emphasise our gratitude to the PSL and Nedbank for having awarded the playing of the final in Nelson Mandela Bay.

"Your decision was a wise one, and our city, our stadium, our tourism, hospitality and entertainment industry, the logistical and security systems and personnel, and most importantly, our fans, will not let you down," he said.