Irvin Khoza believes it that the Ellis Park Disaster will be forever commemorated in the way it has brought supporters of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs together.
April 11 will mark 15 years since 43 people tragically lost their lives in a crowd stampede at Ellis Park during the Soweto derby.
“This is a joint venture between ourselves and Chiefs, we always do things together, (we) have a challenge in how to sustain the memories of Ellis Park,” said Khoza on Thursday.
“People always say that what happened in 1994 (a free South Africa) was a miracle, I say it was not a miracle, it happened because of the mental capabilities of South Africans.
“(After the Ellis Park disaster) supporters of their own initiative decided now we will go to derbies and sit together. That doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world.
“After the Ellis Park disaster we learned that people should buy tickets early and come to the game on time. And in engagement with the families we discovered that at the match (in 2001) a wife died and the husband came home, or a husband die and the wife came home.
“ Now people go to matches in the same car and support different teams as friends or family. Kaizer (Motaung) and myself came up with one solution – we compete for 90 minutes but we cooperate afterwards. The Ellis Park disaster for me will forever be celebrated by the wish that supporters made of their own volition to sit with each other.”