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Global Citizen and House of Mandela 'disturbed' by violence after festival

Global Citizen and House of Mandela 'disturbed' by violence after festival”

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

South African police on Monday dismissed allegations of lax safety and security outside the FNB Stadium after the Global Citizen Festival, saying that it was successful in combating crime and that those who allegedly fell victim to robberies should open criminal cases.

The Carters took the stage shortly after Oprah delivered a powerful keynote address recognizing the legacy of the late South African president and anti-apartheid leader. "It's nice to get this obvious reminder of Mandela's values", said concert-goer Ano Shonhiwa, 23, as he made his way into the venue.

Concert-goers at the Global Citizen Festival at FNB Stadium.

"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".

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

"The safety of our guests is always of paramount importance to us and we understand and strongly empathise with their hurt and anger", Andrew Kirk, global director of PR for Global Citizen, said in a statement.

Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z paid tribute to the former South Africa President Nelson Mandela at the Global Citizen Festival.

I wish we were able to write about feelgood stories and businesses booming and silly viral videos all day (we sneak a few in), but we live in South Africa, and unfortunately that means much of the news that comes our way isn't rainbows and unicorns.



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