Beyonce and other stars to perform at Mandela festival

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2018

Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey were among those headlining the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Sunday.

With an aim to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, the Global Citizen initiative has staged events in other world cities including London, Brussels, and NY. Many members of the audience got tickets to the concert through charity work.

Their outfits were also African-inspired with Jay-Z rocking a beaded scarf that looked like Xhosa royalty and Beyoncé spotting the colours of the South African flag in her winged beaded corset.

"The criminals were basically having a field day", said Zikhona Tshona, a reporter for the South African news organization eNCA.

"People's bags are getting snatched, people are losing their phones, people are fighting in the midst of us looking for an Uber", a concert-goer said in a video posted on YouTube. "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.

"The safety of our guests is always of paramount importance to us and we understand and strongly empathise with their hurt and anger", Andrew Kirk, global director of PR for Global Citizen, said in a statement. "Some guys were walking around with knives and screwdrivers, threatening people", he said.

CCTV footage has emerged of the chaos that ensued when gangs of thugs attacked revellers leaving the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.

One witness, Namhla R., said she saw a woman fighting off a man who was mugging her.

At the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, Bey took a break from belting out the high notes instead gripped the mic and let off bars like she was starving for a record deal.

Perhaps it's part of the ANC election campaign trail or honest words coming from President Cyril Ramaphosa but his message to the youth and upholding Madiba's values resonated with the youth crowds at the FNB stadium.

World Bank President Jim Kim who was among the political and business leaders attending the event announced a $1billion investment in health and education across Africa in 2019.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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