Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

South Africa minister defends police over Beyonce concert chaos

South Africa minister defends police over Beyonce concert chaos

Days before performing at the event, Beyonce penned an appreciative letter to the late Mandela.

While the majority got home safely afterwards, others were targeted by thieves as they left the stadium.

Wearing a flowing dark pink dress made up of wide ruffles and boasting a plunging neckline, the acclaimed songstress joined the British redhead for a moving rendition of his hit ballad at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday.

Global Citizen, an advocacy group, campaigns for an end to extreme poverty, and other causes.

Tens of thousands of people flocked to stadium to see performances and hear speeches by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Trevor Noah, Oprah Winfrey and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

"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.

Fellow concert-goer Ano Shonhiwa, 23, told AFP "there was so much chaos when the concert ended and people wanted to leave".

Beyoncé among stars at Johannesburg concert to honour Mandela

Take for example the Global Citizen Festival on Sunday night.

The City of Joburg said in a statement on Monday that seven suspects were arrested in relation to alleged muggings on concert goers after the Global Citizen event at FNB Stadium.

Guns N' Roses performed at FNB Stadium on Thursday.

Reports say there were no police in sight and many were mugged at gunpoint and knifepoint.

Mandela was imprisoned for almost three decades for his fight against the apartheid regime.

The event which is sub-themed, "Mandela 100" marks what would have been the 100th birthday of former South African President and activist, Nelson Mandela who died, December 5, 2013, at the age of 95.


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