Twitter recounts ‘horror movie’ aftermath of Global Citizen Festival

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This weekend, the highly anticipated Global Citizen Festival took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Though fans in their thousands enjoyed performances from both local and international artists such as Black Coffee, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé, the festival was marred by incidents after the gates were closed. Many attendees were left complaining about the event’s lack of security.

Said people took to Twitter to express their concern and recount their experiences of robbery outside the venue at a nearby Sasol garage. Some were also denied Uber rides.

Within a few hours, “Uber”, “Sasol” and the hashtag #GlobalCitzenFestival began trending.

“Can we please make an uproarious amount of noise about the incidentS that happened at the Sasol garage after the #GlobalCitizen concert. Masses of people were hurt and robbed SAPS DID NOTHING. This needs TO be known,” wrote one user.

Morning Live anchor Leanne Manas also recounted her experience on Twitter, and questioned where Johannesburg Metro Police were after the event.

According to more reports by Twitter users, Uber was also throttled due to demand, with some riders experiencing cancellations for short-distance rides. This comes after the event organisers suggested attendees travel with the ride-hailing service.

Though all the specifics of the robbery and transport issues have not specifically been acknowledged by the event organisers, the Global Citizen Festival’s official Twitter account was “saddened” by the aftermath.

“After such an inspiring evening, we are saddened to hear the challenges people had while leaving the venue. We have been working to support people getting home safely,” read the tweet.

The event was set to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday as well as raise awareness and funds for poverty stricken countries.

Feature image: Global Citizen Festival

Shereesa Moodley


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