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South Africa minister defends police over Beyonce concert chaos

South Africa minister defends police over Beyonce concert chaos”

Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

While the Global Citizen Festival went off largely without a hitch yesterday, there have been several reports of muggings after it ended. "The crime spree lasted more than five hours".

Mandela 100, whose organizers campaign for girls' education, an end to extreme poverty and other causes. Many members of the audience got tickets to the concert through charity work.

Makhura said he has sought a detailed report from South African Police Services (SAPS) and Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD), saying that police visibility post the festival was undeniably one of the key areas of concern as expressed by a number of people.

"The fact that we arrested a suspect immediately after the robbery took place highlights the presence of police at Sasol garage", Naidoo said.

She said menacing men made eye contact with some concert-goers, as though to say, '"You could be next,"' and that there were no police in sight.

Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) says all those involved in the execution of the Global Citizen Festival failed in their mandate to provide safety.

It was an event thousands of South Africans were looking forward to for months, but moments after the concert finished a nightmare ensued for many just down the street from the extravagant event. The stadium hosted a memorial for Mandela after the anti-apartheid leader died in 2013: a sign-language interpreter turned out to be a fake, raising questions about security.



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