Saps fingered for security flop at FNB stadium, accused of hiding safety plans
Who dropped the ball regarding lack of security at the Global Citizen concert held at the FNB Stadium on Sunday?
Stadium management, event organisers and local law enforcement all agree that the South African Police Service (Saps) should primarily be held responsible.
Justin van Wyk, the CEO of Big Concerts, says the event was labelled as a medium risk event with a major event status.
Van Wyk says Saps is required by law to take over the security of medium risk events and higher.
He says Big Concerts event organisers were not privy to the state's adopted safety plan for the day.
The City of Johannesburg's MMC for Public Safety, Michael Sun also adds that Saps was responsible for the security measures and deployment of security services.
According to Sun, JMPD and EMS were assigned to traffic management and medical emergencies while Saps led security.
Sun says Saps and the presidential security service were part of the state's security clusters deployed to the venue.
Meanwhile, Stadium Management SA CEO, Jacques Grobbelaar, has admitted to failing concertgoers to some degree.
While stadium management has an has obligation to protect the public, Grobbelaar reiterates that the police took over security operations and never shared their safety plans.
The events safety and security functions were placed under the national government and local law enforcement agencies.Justin van Wyk, CEO of Big Concerts
Anything under medium risk and upwards is under the auspices of Saps.Justin van Wyk, CEO of Big Concerts
On the 2nd of November, we failed as a collective and as a venue operating centre.Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO of Stadium Management SA
The concern is that we never see these plans, they are top secret. We are not privy to JMPD plans or Saps plans and it's extremely unfortunate.Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO of Stadium Management SA
I saw 2 000 people at the garage and saw the lack of police presence for a period of time exceeding two hours. I didn't see any policeman reacting to any incident at the police station.Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO of Stadium Management SA
I placed calls to my team at the venue operations centre and we simply didn't have any response.Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO of Stadium Management SA
Several victims and eyewitnesses shared their accounts of the traumatic events outside of the venue.
We were standing there like security because there were no police to help us.Sasol garage petrol attendant
Saps declined to join the discussion and told 702 producers to move on to other trending topics.
Listen to the conversation on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:
Here are some of the responses to the discussion on Twitter:
@Eusebius What informed the medium risk rating? Should the public nt c this risk assessment? The guys says it’s immaterial if Risk rating is medium or high! Surely that can’t be! It shud inform all mitigating factors, surely! This is just negligence— Br_T (@Thobej_Tebogo) December 4, 2018
Thank you @Eusebius for taking this up. It was terrifying - screams, scuffles, a complete absence of police and thugs preying on everyone. Some advice to Stadium Management - barriers needed on the roadside where easy to run into the bushes, make Nasrec Rd a one way for concerts— To do in Joburg (@todoinjoburg) December 4, 2018
@Eusebius it is very troubling that SAPS BLATANTLY refused to be part of this discussion. I believe that this type of behaviour is a clear indication of what our "safety and security system" looks like. Criminals have more power in SA julle. Inde lendlela. #GlobalCitizen— Neo Mohapi (@NeoMohapi) December 4, 2018
@Eusebius I wonder what would the police be saying should the citizens have taken the law into their hands.— Arthur Mabasa (@ArthurMabasa) December 4, 2018
@Eusebius thank you for holding all of them accountable! What a horror!— Nt (@naomithompson77) December 4, 2018
This cannot continue - let us as the public demand our right to be safe!
SAPS's primary responsibility is to protect citizens against violent crimes. It is a Legal duty. What happened outside the stadium is an indication that SAPS wrongfully and negligently breached their duty to protect citizens against violent crime. They should be held accountable.— Mziwamadoda Nondima (@MNondima) December 4, 2018
Accountability must sit firmly and squarely on Motsepe Foundation as event organizers. No one else. It was their responsibility to make sure all their other stakeholders are doing their jobs correctly and that the logistics of getting out were correct— WaarWasJyPj (@RedDevilPJ) December 4, 2018
This article first appeared on 702 : Saps fingered for security flop at FNB stadium, accused of hiding safety plans
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