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.

Read: Stadium Management SA confirms fans' bad experiences after Global Citizen Fest

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.

Also read: Saps say only one case was reported after the Global Citizen Festival

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.

Read more: 'I have never been so scared in my life' says Global Citizen Fest fan

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:


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