Global Citizen Fest: 'Police didn't respond quickly or adequately' admits Cele

After many concertgoers were mugged and harassed by criminals after Sunday’s Global Citizen Festival event, mostly near the Sasol garage, Police Minister Bheki Cele held a press briefing on Wednesday.

At the briefing, the minister denied allegations that there weren't enough policemen at the concert on Sunday.

To discuss the concert and the briefing, the minister speaks to Bongani Bingwa on #702Breakfast.

READ: Cele denies lack of cops at Global Citizen Festival

Cele says the briefing was aimed at explaining to the public the planning procedure carried out for the concert.

Indeed we have conceded that Sasol Garage that was plus minus three kilometres away from the venue was never part of the planning of the concert.

Bheki Cele, Minister of Police

Additionally, he says there were unforeseen issues that contributed to the unfortunate results on the day.

The complete collapse of traffic management and the collapse of cellphone network coverage. And indeed police didn't respond quickly, adequately and promptly in those unforeseen happenings at Sasol Garage.

Bheki Cele, Minister of Police

Cele says the events at the Sasol garage would not have happened if traffic management and cellphone network coverage had not collapsed. He does admit that the police didn't respond on time.

Listen below to the full interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : Global Citizen Fest: 'Police didn't respond quickly or adequately' admits Cele


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Cele denies lack of cops at Global Citizen Festival

Cele denies lack of cops at Global Citizen Festival

The minister now says 50 cases have been reported to police, up from the initial tally of one that Saps recorded on Monday.

Category 5 cyclones could be heading our way in the not too distant future

Category 5 cyclones could be heading our way in the not too distant future

Dr Fitchett joined Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive to explain further.

They’re watching! And they recognise your face...

They’re watching! And they recognise your face...

Bruce Whitfield interviews Marius Coetzee (CEO at biometric ID control company Ideco) about the science of facial recognition.

Saps fingered for security flop at FNB stadium, accused of hiding safety plans

Saps fingered for security flop at FNB stadium, accused of hiding safety plans

Stadium management, event organisers and city officials all agree that Saps is mainly to blame for the Global Citizen aftermath.

Uber sorry for price surging at Global Citizen Fest, vows to pay back the money

Uber sorry for price surging at Global Citizen Fest, vows to pay back the money

Uber's general manager for sub-Saharan Africa Alon Litz says it shouldn't have implemented surge prices at the event.

Global Citizen Fest: We need to do better says Joburg's Michael Sun

Global Citizen Fest: We need to do better says Joburg's Michael Sun

Michael Sun says law enforcement agencies must do better in the next events to ensure what happened on Sunday doesn't happen.

Cape Town crowned world's top festival and events spot

Cape Town crowned world's top festival and events spot

The SA Association for the Conference Industry says the award is an affirmation of the Mother City's world-class status.

Banyana lose out on R100k bonus offer after Safa says no thanks to MiWay’s money

Banyana lose out on R100k bonus offer after Safa says no thanks to MiWay’s money

MiWay’s CEO Rene Otto pledged the money to the team as a once-off festive bonus after a call for corporate SA to show its support.

Saps says only one case was reported after the Global Citizen Festival

Saps says only one case was reported after the Global Citizen Festival

Vish Naidoo says police records only show one case reported during the Global Citizen Festival on Sunday.

[LISTEN]  'I have never been so scared in my life' says Global Citizen Fest fan

[LISTEN] 'I have never been so scared in my life' says Global Citizen Fest fan

Music fans who attended the Global Citizen Festival showpiece at the FNB Stadium on Sunday detail horrific experiences.

[WATCH] SA choir joins Beyonce on stage at Global Citizen Festival

[WATCH] SA choir joins Beyonce on stage at Global Citizen Festival

The international superstar was joined on stage by a South African choir singing Halo.

Angry sanitary pad activist claims she was sidelined by Global Citizen Festival

Angry sanitary pad activist claims she was sidelined by Global Citizen Festival

Activist for menstrual health and hygiene Zola Ndwandwe claims she and Team Free Sanitary Pads have been excluded from the event.

How pop music can be used to help bring history alive in schools

How pop music can be used to help bring history alive in schools

UWC University lecturer Michael Bhatch says Hip-Hop music can provide a lot of material for academics to look into history.

[WATCH] From a stagecrasher to a man arguing with a goat... and the floss dance.

[WATCH] From a stagecrasher to a man arguing with a goat... and the floss dance.

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

Trevor Noah, Dave Chappelle and more added to Global Citizen lineup

Trevor Noah, Dave Chappelle and more added to Global Citizen lineup

Trevor Noah is confirmed to host the Festival and Dave Chappelle and Nomzamo Mbatha will join the lineup of co-hosts.

Highest paid celebrities of 2018

Highest paid celebrities of 2018

Forbes has released its latest listing of the highest paid entertainers - actors, athletes, musicians and more - for 2018.

Yes, you heard right, Beyoncé, is coming to SA!

Yes, you heard right, Beyoncé, is coming to SA!

Superstar singer to perform at the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 concert to celebrate the centenary year of Nelson Mandela.

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Pharrell, Cassper Nyovest and more on the Global Citizen lineup!

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Pharrell, Cassper Nyovest and more on the Global Citizen lineup!

Since the festival began in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest platforms for young people.

Popular articles
'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

Ray White interviews Pauli van Wyk, an investigative journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.

Two men get away with R70 000 in robbery at Cape Town's World of Birds

Two men get away with R70 000 in robbery at Cape Town's World of Birds

Walter Mangold, the owner of the popular tourist attraction in Hout Bay, was targeted by two men on the premises on Sunday.

Judge Dennis Davis explains estate duty when your spouse dies

Judge Dennis Davis explains estate duty when your spouse dies

Some recommendations by the Davis Tax Committee were met with concerns from members of the public on how they will be affected.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Eskom has warned that more power cuts can be expected as maintenance continues over the next twelve months.

Check out BlitzBokke #Madiba100 jersey for Cape Town 7s

Check out BlitzBokke #Madiba100 jersey for Cape Town 7s

Saru has partnered with Asics to create a special Blitzbokke jersey to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

New Zealand company implements four-day work week after successful trial-run

New Zealand company implements four-day work week after successful trial-run

Employees will still be paid for five days of work, but work for four days.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.