Cops deny "chaos" following Global Citizen festival in Joburg

Carla Harmon
December 4, 2018

Tens of thousands flocked to the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday for a music festival also featuring Usher, Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

While the Global Citizen Festival went off largely without a hitch yesterday, there have been several reports of muggings after it ended.

Global Citizen, an advocacy group, campaigns for an end to extreme poverty, and other causes. Many members of the audience got tickets to the concert through charity work.

Police arrested one suspect in the theft of a cell phone, police Brig.

"The criminals were basically having a field day", said Zikhona Tshona, a reporter for the South African news organisation eNCA.

Masango said that they called the police to assist, but law enforcement only showed up hours after the ordeal.

Youth Leadership Prize victor, Wawira Njiru delivers acceptance speech on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Witnesses took to social media to share how chaotic scenes unfolded at a Sasol garage outside FNB stadium, gathered. "We as stadium management were not involved in the safety and security of the event as we would normally have been as we did with the Guns N' Roses concert last week Thursday", Grobbelaar said.

The overall planning and command for the event was under the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Nat JOINTS) under the command of the South African Police Service (SAPS) which included the Presidential Protection Service (PPS) as the lead security role-players in light of various Heads of State/ Government attending.

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