Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah, Usher and other global stars gathered in Johannesburg on Sunday for a charity concert honouring Nelson Mandela a century after he was born.
Tens of thousands flocked to the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday for a music festival also featuring Usher, Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The JMPD said it understood numerous muggings reported on social media pointed to a gang of thugs attacking and robbing concert goers at or near a fuel garage, which was about 1.4 kilometres away from FNB Stadium.
The Global Citizen Festival is hosted by the Global Poverty Project, which works to combat extreme poverty all over the world through education, advocacy and media.
Most people had a good time and got home safely, but the night turned ugly for some when they were accosted by thugs as they left the stadium.
The City of Joburg said in a statement on Monday that seven suspects were arrested in relation to alleged muggings on concert goers after the Global Citizen event at FNB Stadium.
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"I heard that several people were mugged while they were waiting for transport or to call a cab", he said.
"The criminals were basically having a field day", said Zikhona Tshona, a reporter for the South African news organization eNCA.
He pointed out that the well-attended Guns N' Roses concert just a few days earlier had largely ended without incident.
Naidoo said police would not admit to the alleged lack of policing as the service was known for delivering safety and security at major events successfully as it had done at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and post the major tournament.