"WHAT HAPPENED at the stadium was unfortunate, as I’ve been a victim as well,” says one of the patrons who attended the much awaited Global Citizen - Mandela 100 concert at the FNB Stadium on Sunday evening.
Pouring his heart out, the source only known as ‘Gift’ from West Rand, says it pains him because what happened had more to do with race rather than anything, indicating most of the crimes at the stadiums are committed mostly by foreigners, and this gives our country a bad image.
“I know and as indicated these bo
ys work in groups and travel in Quantum busses. They also work in cahoots with cops in most cases, hence it’s very rare to apprehend them,” says the worried ‘Gift’, who also committed to comeforth with information should the cops need his assistant.
Most of them come from JHB CBD and use muti, he pointed out.
At the end of the day, the same citizens and small kids fell prey to the unfortunate incidents and Police seem to be shifting the goal posts. Truly, this is bull- finish & klaar.
Meanwhile, billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s foundation expressed sadness after some of those who had attended a bash fell prey to criminals.
“We’ve become aware of complaints by some festival guests at the Global Citizen – Mandela 100 concert of certain criminal activities. The Motsepe Foundation is deeply saddened and expresses its empathy to those festival guests who may have been the victims of these criminal activities,” it said, adding that the victims should report the matter to the police.
It said, for future events, the country must learn from such an experience by beefing up security outside the stadium.
Stadium Management South Africa denied it was responsible for security during the Global Citizen Festival following reports of rampant attacks on revellers after the event.
SMSA CEO Jacques Grobbelaar released
a detailed statement saying the South African Police Service was responsible for overseeing security at the events.
However, he said his organisation would accept liability as venue owner and cooperate with any investigations.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said police had arrested one robbery suspect after a case was opened.
He said statements on social media about police not assisting people were not a true reflection of what happened. Naidoo called on people to open cases.
Global Citizen said it was concerned and called on police to act swiftly on the matter.
“The safety of our guests is always of paramount importance to us and we understand and empathise with their hurt and anger,” it stated.
Police minister Bheki Cele told eNCA the concert was “well policed” and he received a two-hour briefing in the morning before it began.
He said there were about 65 to 70000 people there. If anybody says something happened after that, there is one thing that informs police about that, is t