The recently ended Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 held hours ago, did not come without its own set of surprises. Whereas the event is held to promote awareness about ending global poverty by 2030, South African poverty levels took a toll on the noble event. Allegedly, a good number of Beyonce’s, Ed Sheeran’s, Pharell’s and Jay-Z’s fans were assaulted and run after by muggers whose only aim was to steal phones and cash. This is definitely a big shame to South Africa’s security detail.
The shocking revelation was made by distressed attendees who supposedly lost valuable items in the commotion. Even with the mugging and pickpocketing happening in the background and among the audience, the event organizers tried to keep things civil. Epic performances were made by the Carter’s as well as Ed Sheeran, Africa’s own Tiwa Savage and Pharrell Williams. The robbing spree presumably heightened at the end of the show and as the fans were leaving the concert.
The concert, aimed at raising funds to eradicate poverty particularly in Africa, was a perfect case in point of what extreme poverty can do to people. Furthermore, the event was also a way of commemorating the birthday of South Africa’s former president and activist Nelson Mandela, who passed on in 2013. In addition to the musical performances, renowned personalities also took the stage to give live speeches. These include Oprah Winfrey, Facebook’s investor Sean Parker, and Bob Geldof.
Jay-Z and Beyonce particularly stole everybody’s attention at the event. Of course, until the muggers stepped in to steal the rest of the show, LOL. The couple even had their visuals recast Miriam Makeba’s classic song Malaika, released in 1974. When it came the time for Mrs. Carter to sing her all-time hit song Halo, South Africa’s own Soweto Gospel Choir intervened to lend her a hand. Most of the performers’ attires were inspired by the African culture, including Beyonce’s own outfit.
Other performers at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival include Cassper Nyovest, Ed Sheeran, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Pharrell, Sho MadjoziWilliams, Usher, and D’Banj. Trevor Noah was the host at the FNB Stadium-held event. Here are some of the sentiments shared on social media on the unfortunate robberies that took place at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.
I’ve never been so afraid in my life. The fact that we just came from a GLOBAL CITIZEN concert and now we are being mugged and chased for our phones is beyond me. That was traumatic. I’m glad we got home safely though.
— Katlego Mogaladi (@katmogaladi) December 3, 2018
#GlobaCitizenFestivalSA was incredible but I have not yet been able to look back at the amazing day we had from the trauma post the concert. My family (two sisters, nephew and brother-in-law) decided to leave an hour before end of show to try get out quicker and I stayed behind.
— Global Citizen – Michael Cost (@MickyCost) December 3, 2018