performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The much-anticipated show to honour Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 and would have turned 100 this year, lived up to expectations with the headline act of American superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z leaving fans crying for more.

But afterwards, many fell prey to crime while trapped in the stadium due to heavily backed-up traffic.

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On social media, people detailed how the precinct became a “war zone” as running battles ensued between criminals and showgoers, with many being mugged for their belongings, while young women waiting for their rides home at a nearby garage were harassed with allegedly no security or police in sight.

There were reports of a group of about 30 men using knives and guns to attack people and grab their belongings, with some allegedly stabbed and left with broken noses.

The Gautrain commuter services, which ferried people from Park Station in the Johannesburg central business centre to the stadium, said its buses were often stuck in traffic. The last bus departed the stadium at around 3.30 am after the show ended at 11.30 pm.

African News Agency