Mandela charity concert featuring Beyonce and Jay Z marred by muggings

Beyoncé among stars at Johannesburg concert to honour Mandela

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The much-anticipated show to honour Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 and would have turned 100 this year, lived up to expectations with a stellar line-up including the headline act of American superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Together, The Carters had been allocated two hours but their fans following online only had a sneak peak of the first 25 minutes.

Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Martin, Usher, Wizkid and more will also participate in the festival, which takes place in Johannesburg at FNB Stadium.

American TV host Oprah Winfery co-hosted the concert which was in honour of Mandela's legacy since his birth in 1918.

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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.

Metro police say overall planning and command of the event was the responsibility of the SAPS.

He said there was a stampede when someone pulled out a gun.

"The safety of our guests is always of paramount importance to us and we understand" the hurt and anger of those accosted by criminals, Global Citizen, an worldwide advocacy group, said on Twitter. Youngsters, boys, were running towards us and stealing phones and pulling bags off people.

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Concert-goers at the Global Citizen Festival at FNB Stadium.

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.

"We find that there's a lot of communication taking place on the social media platform, but that is not being reported to us", said, Naidoo, adding that it is therefore "very hard for us to deny or even confirm that such things have happened".

Youth Leadership Prize victor, Wawira Njiru delivers acceptance speech on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Some World Cup soccer matches were successfully held there when South Africa hosted the tournament in 2010.

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