Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Tweeps share chaotic scenes of muggings after Global Citizen Festival

Tweeps share chaotic scenes of muggings after Global Citizen Festival

Concert-goers had to wait several hours for transport to leave the almost 95,000-capacity FNB stadium in Soweto Sunday and there were reports of several muggings and assaults.

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

Sunday the stadium was filled by thousands attending the concert. "About 30 minutes after that, I just heard screaming".

According to Times Live, a number of people were robbed at kinfe and gunpoint outside of the Nasrec Sasol garage where festival attendees were waiting for Uber and Taxify cabs.

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And while the event proved to be a feast for the eyes and ears, with all kinds of intricate stage costuming and musical genres, as BeyHivers, we were naturally ecstatic to see the LEMONADE singer deliver a rare look: her hair in a darker hue. "Some guys were walking around with knives and screwdrivers, threatening people", he said. However, he said he had never come across scenes as chaotic as on Sunday evening.

One witness, Namhla R., said she saw a woman fighting off a man who was mugging her.

The City said: "As part of the Venue Operation Centre (VOC) team, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department was responsible for traffic management and deployed 236 metro police officers/ traffic wardens, 104 JMPD patrol vehicles, 18 JMPD motorbikes and 11 horses to ensure traffic free flow from 6:00 am on 2 December to 7:00 am on 3 December. Our first aid assisted her, as there were no police around", he said.

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

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