A spate of muggings marred a charity live performance at which Beyonce, Jay-Z and different stars carried out in honour of Nelson Mandela.
Tens of hundreds flocked to the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday for a song competition additionally that includes Usher, Pharrell Williams, Oprah Winfrey and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
However muggings tarnished the World Citizen Pageant: Mandela 100 match, which campaigns for women’ schooling and an finish to excessive poverty. Many contributors of the target market were given tickets to the live performance thru charity paintings.
Whilst the bulk were given house safely afterwards, others have been centered through thieves as they left the stadium.
“The criminals have been principally having a box day,” mentioned Zikhona Tshona, a reporter for the South African information organisation eNCA.
“Other people’s luggage are getting snatched, persons are dropping their telephones, persons are combating in the course of us in search of an Uber,” a reveller mentioned in a video posted on YouTube.
He mentioned there used to be a stampede when anyone pulled out a gun.
The World Citizen and every other workforce backing the live performance, the Area of Mandela, mentioned it used to be “saddened to listen to the demanding situations other folks had whilst leaving the venue.”
It mentioned it prompt South African police “to behave all of a sudden and successfully.”
Police arrested one suspect after a cell phone used to be stolen, Brigadier Vish Naidoo mentioned.
“We discover that there is numerous verbal exchange going down at the social media platform, however that isn’t being reported to us,” mentioned Mr Naidoo.
He added that it’s due to this fact “very tough for us to disclaim and even verify that such issues have took place.”
In 2013, thieves stole money takings on the stadium after a Justin Bieber live performance.