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7 arrested by JMPD at Global Citizen Festival, says City

7 arrested by JMPD at Global Citizen Festival, says City”

Global Citizen's campaign aims to rally $1 billion in new commitments, with $500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide.

He pointed out the SA Police Service (a national competency not controlled by the city) was responsible for overall security arrangements, and praised the JMPD for having arrested seven suspects for "common robbery and assault of a police officer".

Global Citizen and another group backing the concert, the House of Mandela, urged South African police "to act swiftly and efficiently".

It said it was "saddened to hear the challenges people had while leaving the venue".

On the 2nd of December, there were musical performances from Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Kacey Musgraves, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid in honour of Mandela. "We need a popular front to combat crime in our handsome province", Makhura said in a statement.

"Events Safety and Security Planning Committee had established a "safe zone" where concert-goers can be picked up by E-hail taxis but it is suspected that the e-hail taxi operators may have requested some of their passengers to walk to the near-by Sasol garage to be picked up which was outside the safe zone".

Makhura said public and recreational places should "never be a golden den for criminals".

All the while, Namhla said, South African Police Service (SAPS) was nowhere to be found.

He said the City would assist with the police investigations. While waiting for alternative transport, waves of violent crime hit festival-goers.

Sunday the stadium was filled by thousands attending the concert.



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