South Africa minister defends police over Beyonce concert chaos

South Africa minister defends police over Beyonce concert chaos

South Africa minister defends police over Beyonce concert chaos

The concert was the final event following a year of celebrations honoring the centennial of the late Nelson Mandela's birth.

Gauteng premier David Makhura wants the police and the Johannesburg metro police to investigate what happened after the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg on Sunday and to deliver a report.

Most people had a good time and got home safely, but the night turned ugly for some when they were accosted by thugs as they left the stadium.

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. It says many people won tickets to Sunday's concert through charity work and petition-signing.

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All the while, Namhla said, South African Police Service (SAPS) was nowhere to be found.

The Johannesburg Police Department arrested seven suspects at the Global Citizen Festival for, amongst others, common robbery and assault of a police officer, the City of Johannesburg said on Monday. He was South Africa's first black president and a global inspiration.

On the 2nd of December, there were musical performances from Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Kacey Musgraves, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid in honour of Mandela.

"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.

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

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