They say time heals all wounds but this is one wound which cannot be healed.

Today marks the 16th year since this football loving nation witnessed one of its worst sporting disasters.

The Ellis Park Disaster as it is known today was as a result of 43 supporters losing their lives during a match between Soweto Giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

16 years on we look back on this day and remind ourselves that such a day should never repeat itself again. The country has already witnessed two stadium tragedies in the Orkney Disaster of 1991 - where 41 supporters lost their lives, and the Ellis Park Disaster. These two disasters serve as a constant reminder of what should never happen again in our lifetime.

WeShallNeverForget the Ellis Park 43

  • Madikana Samuel Selepe, 39, Diepsloot
  • Johannes Mandla Mthembu, 36, Palm Springs, Vaal
  • Johannes Motlasi Letsoara, 35, Potchefstroom
  • Sphiwa Esrome Mpungose, 13, Burgersdale, West Rand
  • Ivan Jeffrey Bezuidenhout, 39, Potchefstroom
  • Mbulelo Diniso, 25, Orlando East
  • Veleta Eunice Mouton, 26, Windmill Park, East Rand
  • Rosswin Andre Nation, 11, Ennerdale Pretty
  • Lephina Phatsisi, 26, Balfour
  • Jabu Maliyon Mkhize, 33, Delmas
  • Alpheus Sethlake, 41, Alexandra
  • Gideon Mudau, 34, Kromdraai, Midrand
  • Jabulisile Xaba, 25, Berea, Johannesburg
  • Danny Tigerls, 30, Pietersburg
  • Angelina Mncube, 28, Joubert Park, Johannesburg
  • Callistus Dumisani Dube, 29, Balfour Park, Johannesburg
  • Mduduzi Thomo, 27, Jabulani, Soweto
  • Tsietsi Daniel Wae, 54, Kagiso
  • Michael Tsolo Nyakane, 41, Orkney
  • Steven Modise Tshetlo, 42, Delpark, East Rand
  • Calvin Arnolds, 34, Ennerdale
  • Lefa James Lefera, Gauteng
  • Rakgabo Frans Shongoane, 34, Pretoria
  • Ernest Mandla Moyo, 33, Berea, Johannesburg
  • John Oupa Mbambata, 34, Delareyville
  • Deborah Selina Maphanga, 25, Duduza
  • Thandi Merrium Thabethe, 23, Standerton
  • Abel Tshabangu, 35, Diepkloof, Soweto
  • Elias Ngomane, 21, Johannesburg
  • Nkosana Elliot Hlongwane, 40, Katlehong
  • Nhlanhla Meshack Zulu, 30, Duduza
  • Raymond Mfana Gwala, 47, Zamdela
  • Senki Jacob Mzizi, 47, Tsakane
  • Stanley Tshikovhi, Tembisa
  • Selaala Pae Maloma, Schoononborg
  • Gugu Majozi, Jabulani, Soweto
  • Maggie Luthuli, Protea Glen, Soweto
  • Robert Molako, Atteridgeville
  • Kenneth Msimango, Thokoza
  • Frans More, Dobsonville
  • Jabulane Raymond Baloi, Tembisa
  • Bafana Isaac Mabuza, Tembisa
  • Mampo Rinah Ntsoane, Berea, Johannesburg



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