Mandela charity concert featuring Beyonce and Jay Z marred by muggings

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But muggings tarnished the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 event, which campaigns for girls' education and an end to extreme poverty. It also celebrated what would've been the former South African President, Nelson Mandela's, 100th birthday.

The Global Citizen and another group backing the concert, the House of Mandela, said it was "saddened to hear the challenges people had while leaving the venue". Many more pledges were made during the year and announced at the festival.

Other big artists as the event in South Africa included Pharrell, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, and Usher.

Queen Bey and Jay Z's performance was however streamed for the first 25 minutes then pulled offline in what organisers termed as meant to benefit concert attendees who bought tickets. Beyonce stunned in designer outfits, crisp vocals and a handsome rendition of her song Halo performed with a local youth choir.

I wish we were able to write about feelgood stories and businesses booming and silly viral videos all day (we sneak a few in), but we live in South Africa, and unfortunately that means much of the news that comes our way isn't rainbows and unicorns.

The model was one of the guest speakers who took to the stage in between performances at the FNB Stadium.

Despite the massive success of the Global Citizens festival, stories of muggings and theft outside the FNB Stadium started making the rounds on Twitter after the show ended.

- said Oprah Winfrey in his public appeal. "Some guys were walking around with knives and screwdrivers, threatening people", he said.

One man has been arrested in connection with incidents following the event, added Cele who spoke to journalists at an event in the southern city of Port Elizabeth.



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