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Seven arrested after Global Citizen Festival robberies

03 December 2018, 09:45 | Myron Mathis

Seven arrested after Global Citizen Festival robberies

Global Citizen Festival: Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Femi Kuti, Jay Z and Beyonce perform

Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many revellers were waiting at the garage for transport to get home.

Global Citizen, an advocacy group, campaigns for an end to extreme poverty, and other causes. It says many people won tickets to Sunday's concert through charity work and petition-signing.

"There is no need to blame South African police that there was no Uber, there was no transport and all that - that should be asked from the organisers", said police minister Bheki Cele who called on victims of crime to come forward.

He said there was a stampede when someone pulled out a gun.

Yes, there were many other celebs performing, speaking and presenting at the Global Citizen Festival, but to be honest, Beyoncé owned the day.

It said it was "saddened to hear the challenges people had while leaving the venue". Michael Sun said: "We are shocked to learn of the several reports of mugging and attacks on both social media and other media platforms, we are engaging the South African Police Services to establish what had transpired as they were responsible for the overall policing at the Global Citizen Festival".


"There was one robbery that took place at Sasol garage which was reported to us and we arrested the suspect with regards to that".

"We find that there's a lot of communication taking place on the social media platform, but that is not being reported to us", said, Naidoo, adding that it is therefore "very hard for us to deny or even confirm that such things have happened".

Beyonce led an all-star line-up including Ed Sheeran, Jay-Z and Usher for the climax of a year of events celebrating the centennial of Mandela's birth in 1918, and to raise money for charity.

Sunday the stadium was filled by thousands attending the concert. Some World Cup soccer matches were successfully held there when South Africa hosted the tournament in 2010.

Also in 2013, thieves made off with cash takings at the stadium after a Justin Bieber concert.



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