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Cops deny "chaos" following Global Citizen festival in Joburg

06 December 2018

Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah, Usher and other worldwide stars gathered in Johannesburg on Sunday for a charity concert honouring Nelson Mandela a century after he was born.

They joined the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, Pharrell, Coldplay, Usher, Ed Sheeran and Cassper Nyovest for the festival, hosted by the South African duo of Trevor Noah and Bonang Matheba. Many people got tickets to the concert through charity work and petition-signing.

It was launched by the Motsepe Foundation to not only celebrate the centenary year of former president Nelson Mandela but also honour his legacy in the fight to end "extreme poverty".

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"There is no need to blame South African police that there was no Uber, there was no transport and all that - that should be asked from the organisers", said police minister Bheki Cele who called on victims of crime to come forward. "We as stadium management were not involved in the safety and security of the event as we would normally have been as we did with the Guns N' Roses concert last week Thursday", Grobbelaar said.

Two days after the historic Global Citizen Festival at FNB Stadium, CCTV footage has emerged that shows the extent of the hours-long crime spree at a Sasol garage opposite the venue. South Africa, where white minority rule ended a quarter-century ago, is struggling with one of the world's highest rates of income inequality.

Police arrested one suspect after a mobile phone was stolen, Brigadier Vish Naidoo said.

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Global Citizen and the House of Mandela said on Monday that they were "deeply disturbed" by the reports of criminal attacks on concert-goers.

Also in 2013, thieves made off with cash takings at the stadium after a Justin Bieber concert.

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