Parliament - Police have arrested 15 people in connection with a various crime committed in and around FNB Stadium in Soweto before, during and after the weekend star-studded Global Citizen Festival in Soweto, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed on Wednesday.
Addressing a media briefing following an outcry on social media platforms after scores of revellers were robbed and assaulted at a nearby petrol station while waiting for lifts from the concert, Cele said 50 cases had been reported to police. Six of those arrested face, among others, common assault and robbery charges related to the incident at the Sasol garage.
Cele said while a comprehensive policing plan was in place, there were "unforeseen circumstances", which included a "collapse of traffic management" and the fact that mobile network congestion and lack of signal had pushed people to the Sasol Garage to catch rides home.
He later acknowledged that police could have done more.
"It was inadequate and the police response could have been better," Cele said.