Mandela charity concert featuring Beyonce and Jay Z marred by muggings

04 Décembre, 2018, 02:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Mandela charity concert featuring Beyonce and Jay Z marred by muggings

JOHANNESBURG-Beyonce and other worldwide stars have gathered in South Africa for a charity concert honouring Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.

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While the majority got home safely afterwards, others were targeted by thieves as they left the stadium.

The witness accounts of thieves brazenly assaulting a crowd shocked many South Africans, even in a country with a high rate of violent crime. It says many people won tickets to Sunday's concert through charity work and petition-signing.

"People's bags are getting snatched, people are losing their phones, people are fighting in the midst of us looking for an Uber", a reveller said in a video posted on YouTube.

Stadium Management SA (SMSA) has reiterated it was not responsible for security and safety at the Global Citizen Festival on Sunday.

Mandela charity concert featuring Beyonce and Jay Z marred by muggings

"A rigger working on behalf of a production partner for the Global Citizen Festival‚ suffered fatal injuries arising from a fall at the site‚" Global Citizen spokesperson Andrew Kirk said in a statement.

"I heard that several people were mugged while they were waiting for transport or to call a cab", he said.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, speaking to the public broadcaster SABC from Port Elizabeth, said that police had recorded one incident of mugging after the concert, and that the police will not be seeking CCTV footage from the petrol station as there have been no criminal cases reported except for one.

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

Guns N' Roses performed at FNB Stadium on Thursday.

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

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