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SMSA: 'We failed our patrons at Global Citizen Festival'

Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) says all those involved in the execution of the Global Citizen Festival failed in their mandate to provide safety.

Scores of people making their way through one of the gates at the FNB stadium for the Global Citizen concert on 2 December 2018. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) says all those involved in the execution of the Global Citizen Festival failed in their mandate to provide safety.

Scores of festival goers have shared their horrific experiences in and around the FNB Stadium following Sunday’s event.

Many were mugged and harassed by thugs with seven people having been arrested in connection with these crimes.

SMSA’s Jacques Grobbelaar said: “On 2 December we failed as a collective, we failed our patrons and we cannot walk away from that obligation.”

But Big Concerts’ Justin Van Wyk says that by law, the police is responsible for providing safety.

“That’s the law, it’s in the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act. The authorised member who’s from SAPS is being charged with being secure.”

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

Joburg Public Safety MMC Michael Sun says this was above the city's mandate.

“Because of the level of security at this event, there were heads of state and government, and other important dignitaries attending, the next joint took over the security component of the event.”

Grobbelaar says while he witnessed the crimes happening near the FNB Stadium after the festival, he had no way of communicating with the police general in charge.

He says they failed to execute the safety control plans.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)