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South African witnesses described thieves brazenly mugging those leaving Johannesburg's FNB Stadium Sunday night after attending the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.

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. It also celebrated what would've been the former South African President, Nelson Mandela's, 100th birthday.

All the while, Namhla said, South African Police Service (SAPS) was nowhere to be found. "It's nice to get this obvious reminder of Mandela's values", said concert-goer Ano Shonhiwa, 23, as he made his way into the venue.

She said the muggers were even pulling knives and guns on the defenceless revellers.

Cape Town - The rigger who died while working on the stage for Johannesburg's Global Citizen Festival has been identified as Siyabonga Ngodze. "Some guys were walking around with knives and screwdrivers, threatening people", he said. In a statement to TimesLIVE, national police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said police did not leave their posts until hours after the show ended.

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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.

Global Citizen and the House of Mandela said on Monday that they were "deeply disturbed" by the reports of criminal attacks on concert-goers.

World leaders previously gathered at the stadium in 2013 for a memorial after the death of Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who was also South Africa's first black president.

Mandela was imprisoned for almost three decades for his fight against the apartheid regime.

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