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Thursday, 12 April, 2001, 15:36 GMT 16:36 UK
South Africa stadium tragedy
A man and a boy mourn over bodies laid out on the pitch at Ellis Park stadium
A man and a boy mourn over bodies laid out on the pitch at Ellis Park stadium
A stampede at a football stadium in Johannesburg results in the deaths of 43 people, making it the worst disaster of its kind in South Africa's sporting history.


The bodies of victims are laid out on the pitch at Ellis Park stadium
The bodies of victims are laid out on the pitch at Ellis Park stadium

A football match results in tragedy as spectators rush to enter the overcrowded Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Huge crowds had turned up to watch a match between the two local sides, the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

 Click here to watch Jane Standley's report.


Two young women leave the stadium in the aftermath of the tragedy
Two young women leave the stadium in the aftermath of the tragedy

Witnesses say the disaster happened when fans outside the Ellis Park stadium pushed to get in to see the game. Injured people were taken to hospital in ambulances, buses and by helicopter. The BBC's bureau chief in South Africa Milton Nkosi was at the match.

 Click here to watch.


A floral tribute to those who died
A floral tribute to those who died

South Africa begins a day of mourning as the government promises a full inquiry into the tragedy. The police say they were given too little warning that so many people would turn up at the stadium, while football officials accuse the police of being woefully under-prepared.

 Click here to watch Jane Standley's report.


A victim is carried onto an air ambulance
A victim is carried onto an air ambulance

Large numbers of emergency personnel treated the dozens of injured people on the pitch. A government investigation is expected to look into reports that the stampede was triggered by untrained security outside the stadium firing tear gas into the crowds.

 Click here to listen to an interview with Graham Abrahams, spokesman for the South African Sport Ministry.

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