Guns N’ Roses Fans From South Africa Were Mugged Outside the Stadium
According to News 24:
Muggings of concertgoers outside FNB Stadium in Soweto, as reported by scores of Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival attendees this week, do not appear to be a new occurrence.
News24 spoke to people who were mugged as they left the venue following a concert by US rock band Guns N’ Roses on Thursday.
Countless people were also attacked, mugged, stabbed and punched by gangs of juveniles at the Global Citizen event on Sunday night. Seven people have been arrested over the incidents.
Since then, people have come forward claiming to have suffered similar experiences last week Thursday, despite Johannesburg member of the mayoral committee for public safety Michael Sun saying in a statement that the Guns N’ Roses concert was overall incident-free, except for a suspected domestic violence incident.
he couple managed to get hold of a taxi and waited for the car to make its way through the traffic to the petrol station.
“As we were walking to the taxi, we suddenly noticed lots of young men walking around near the garage. I immediately sensed that something was wrong. One guy made eye contact and then lunged at me and tried to get my phone. He pushed me on the ground and hit me in the face. Then he got up and ran away.
“When my husband tried to chase him a second man jumped on me. I was screaming and managed to fight him off.
‘I thought he was being stabbed’
“When I looked up, there was a whole lot of men on top of my husband, between four and six of them. I thought he was being stabbed. I could hear him calling for help.
“I tried to pull them away but instead I was pulled to the ground.
“I was screaming. There were cars and people everywhere. [The attack] was so brazen,” Aberdeen said.
People in a nearby car then got out assisted the Aberdeens by chasing the attackers off.
According to Aberdeen, the attackers casually strolled away as if nothing had happened.
One of the women in the car was crying because she had herself been assaulted earlier.
The couple suffered injuries including bruising, a cut to the lip and a bloody nose.
Aberdeen has since encountered other people who had a similar experience following the concert.
“It was not as bad as Sunday but it was very similar.”
Aberdeen has been trying to report the incident to the police but has not had much success.
“I phoned the police in Joburg [from Durban] but was told I had to physically be there to report it. Then I was told I could go to my local police station but they demanded a medical report.”
Police: ‘Oh, sorry…’
Another concertgoer, who asked to remain anonymous, told News24 that she and her husband were also mugged twice on Thursday.
“Within a few minutes of us leaving the concert, on our way to the Sasol garage, my husband was mugged. They took his cellphone.
“Twenty minutes later, my phone was grabbed out of my hand. They knocked me to the ground.
“Luckily my husband tackled that guy and got my phone back, but yes, we were mugged twice in 20 minutes.”
The attacks on the couple were carried out by around four men.
The couple was not isolated but surrounded by people and occupied vehicles.
“There were lots of people around and police were visible,” she said.
“We went to the police van and I told the lady what had happened. Her response was: ‘Oh, sorry.'”
The couple has also since learnt of similar incidents since sharing their ordeal on social media.
Jay Clark wrote on Facebook: “Nice touch leaving all the lights outside the stadium off after the concert, saw a nice couple get mugged on the way to their car.”
Duhne Buys wrote: “We experienced the same. They tried to take my husband’s phone.”
News24 attempted to reach a Big Concerts representative by phone but the call went unanswered. However, on Tuesday afternoon, the company tweeted: “Big Concerts is deeply saddened to learn of the horrific experiences that attendees to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 had to endure after the conclusion of the event on Sunday night.
“As the lead prod[uction] partner we take this very seriously [and] are working with the relevant authorities to investigate these incidents. We encourage the public to come forward & report any crimes to their nearest Police station to be investigated to the fullest extent of the law.”
Access to CCTV footage
On Tuesday, Sasol said in a statement the South African Police Service (SAPS) had approached the company to request access to the CCTV footage of several muggings at the Ormonde View franchise in Soweto on Monday morning.
According to Sasol, the company was “shocked and appalled at the traumatic situation that unfolded at our Sasol Ormonde View franchise retail site”.
Global Citizen and the House of Mandela, the organisers of the Global Citizen event, said on Monday that they were “deeply disturbed” by the reports of criminal attacks on concertgoers.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Monday also said he was “disturbed” by the attacks and had sought a full report from law enforcement authorities.
National police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo told News24 earlier that incidents needed to be reported before the SAPS can take steps.
Slash Talks About His Trademark Top Hat!
In a brand new interview with South Africa’s Sunday Times, GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash spoke about his trademark black top hat. Asked how on earth it stays on his head when he rocks out onstage, Slash said: “I do not really know how I do it, but my hat just always stays on, yeah. I realize it has become a very recognizable look, yet it was never planned. My hat has also become something I can hide behind, as even though I love performing, I have never been good at looking into the eyes of the audience who are watching me.”
He continued: “Early in my career, I was always on the lookout for a cool hat to complete my stage wardrobe. In 1985, we were playing the Whisky a Go Go [in West Hollywood] and I went to Melrose Boulevard in Los Angeles, where I spotted this top hat in the window of a store called Retail Expletive. I went inside and checked it out and thought it looked really cool, so I got it. In the vintage shop right next door, called Leathers & Treasures, I got a concert belt that I cut up and put around the hat. That became my hat and I wore it that night for the first time at that gig. From that night on, my hat became something that I feel comfortable in. It has also become something I can hide behind, as even though I love performing, I have never been good at looking into the eyes of the audience who are watching me. So, my hat and my hair in my face has just been my thing ever since.”
Slash also talked about the touring lifestyle and the fact that most bands have to stay on the road almost non-stop, given revenue from other traditional channels is no longer sustainable.
“I love being on the road and it is just something that really resonates with me,” he said. “I have always toured a lot and I probably tour now twice as much as before given all the opportunities I have to cover as much of the globe as possible with GUNS N’ ROSES, THE CONSPIRATORSand other people I jam with. I am just very comfortable being on the road and I like it as I get to play every night. I enjoy playing live a lot more than playing in the studio. I see the studio as a way to get back on the road. This is one of the big reasons why Myles Kennedy [of THE CONSPIRATORS and ALTER BRIDGE] and I get along so well, given he is also an extreme road hog. In fact … THE CONSPIRATORS is primarily a road band. We only use the studio as a means to get back out there again.
“I look forward to touring a lot next year, as everybody seems to really like our new material and that means we can play most of it, if not all of it, live. I hope we can come back to South Africa next year as THE CONSPIRATORS to play a couple of shows here.”
GUNS N’ ROSES will play the last show of 2018 on December 8 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Three-fifths of the classic GUNS lineup reunited in 2016 after last performing together more than two decades earlier.
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS‘ latest album, “Living The Dream”, was released in September via Slash‘s own label Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records.