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7 arrested in connection with Global Citizen Fest attacks

Scores of angry revellers took to Twitter on Monday morning, saying they were mugged by criminals who grabbed their cell phones as they were trying to catch lifts home.

A wide view of the Global Citizen festival at FNB Stadium on 2 December 2018. Picture: @GlblCtzn/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says its shocked to hear of incidents of mugging and attacks after the Global Citizen Festival and that seven suspects have since been arrested in connection with the crimes.

Scores of angry revellers took to Twitter on Monday morning, saying they were mugged by criminals who grabbed their cell phones as they were trying to catch lifts home.

Some have given harrowing accounts of being assaulted by a group of men carrying weapons.

Meanwhile, e-hailing service Uber says it will be refunding in full all customers who were affected by its higher pricing implemented on Sunday evening after the festival at FNB Stadium.

Numerous people have shared on social media that they were charged high Uber fares some amounting to R1,000 and above.

LISTEN: After the party: Global Citizen Festival goers mugged after concert

Uber says the full refund was in line with its dynamic pricing feature but customers are being refunded.

Added to this, Uber drivers will retain their full earnings for all trips completed.

Uber has explained that its dynamic pricing feature was activated to make sure more drivers were encouraged to work in the area after a variety of problems, such as network coverage issues and mismanaged event traffic flow.

At the same time, Stadium Management South Africa says the criminality around the FNB Stadium was due to a lack of security resources in and around the precinct.

JMPD BRIEFING ON FESTIVAL ATTACKS

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) says its working with the police to establish exactly what happened after the Global Citizen Festival.

Joburg Public Safety MMC Michael Sun says he’s concerned that despite the many reports of attacks which occurred and shared on social media, only one incident has been formally reported.

The JMPD has given a briefing on Monday evening at their headquarters in Sophiatown.

Metro police chief David Tembe says the JMPD’s role with regards to Sunday’s event was to ensure traffic flow as well as crime prevention.

“You find that more cars have to go in there [stadium], that’s when this starts. Some of them we arrested [after] they got a chance of mugging people.”

Tembe says seven people were arrested at Sasol garage on charges of robbery.

“Those people were arrested for robberies such as cell phones, muggings and all those other issues that were happening.”

He says the other challenge was the large volume of people who were calling for an Uber from the Sasol garage near the stadium.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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