Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Muggings Mar Global Citizen Festival In Johannesburg

Muggings Mar Global Citizen Festival In Johannesburg

Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey were among those headlining the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Sunday.

There were also performances and exciting mash-ups from the likes of Chris of Coldplay, Usher Raymond and Real Black Coffee, Ed Sheeran, Sho Madjozi, Cassper Nyovest featuring Chris Martin and Stormzy with Beyonce and Jay Z who performed for close to two hours bringing the event to an end.

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The witness accounts of thieves brazenly assaulting a crowd shocked many South Africans, even in a country with a high rate of violent crime.

Singers from across the globe gathered in Johannesburg on Sunday at the Global Citizen Festival to honour Nelson Mandela on the year he would have turned 100.

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

Advocacy group Global Citizen has announced 57 commitments totaling more than $7-billion (R100-billion), in support of the world's most marginalised.

Leaders set to address the Global Citizen: Mandela 100, include South African President Cyril Ramaphosa among others. Lack of public transport, heavy traffic congestion and sexual harassment were reported by Twitter users with some alleging "mass muggings" also took place.

Guns N' Roses performed at FNB Stadium on Thursday.

Sunday the stadium was filled by thousands attending the concert.

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