Joy turned to despair for a large clutch of Global Citizen attendees last night, who were confronted by gangs of thieves and thugs at a nearby Sasol Garage across from the stadium.
The barnstorming concert saw Beyonce and Jay-Z close the night’s schedule, delighting fans who’d waited 14 years to see Bey return to Mzansi. But the jovial atmosphere was flipped completely, as criminals targeted revellers who were attempting to find their way home.
Global Citizen Festival descends into post-show chaos
The Sasol Garage was a popular congregation point on the night, but it lead to scores of robbers picking off their victims one-by-one. The events described by concert-goers are absolutely harrowing:
I legit saw thugs trying to rape a young lady at the Sasol. The screams were harrowing, her boyfriend tried to fight the guys off, luckily a crowd of men were able to help them quickly enough.
Sorry in going on about this but wow I can’t believe what was happening. Shaking.
What lead to these incidents?
Those outside the FNB Stadium were left fuming with the police presence and the actual response from the authorities. Many lamented the fact that security was only tight within the venue, and completely lax outside of it.
Criticism was also directed towards Uber, with the e-hailing app coming under fire for implementing high surcharges and cancelling trips of worried citizens who were looking to escape the chaos.
In a communication issued by Global Citizen ahead of the event, they confirmed that no trips starting from the FNB Stadium would not be subject to “dynamic pricing”, with the standard fares remaining in place.
Lasizwe shares his Global Citizen nightmare
We’re awaiting a statement from the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department to clarify the issue. We’ve also reached out to Uber and will share their response once an official communication has been issued.
Media personality Lasizwe was also caught up in the lawlessness on Sunday night. He shared a video to his YouTube channel detailed how he was nearly killed by attackers, saying that he was also a victim of crime at the garage: