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Chaos erupts after Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100

"[I] watched people being punched & stabbed in the open," says Mrs South Africa Nicole Capper.

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Concertgoers who attended the Global Citizen Festival concert at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg were targeted by armed thugs who stole their belongings as they left the venue.

Some shared harrowing stories of how they witnessed people being stabbed when chaos erupted at a petrol station nearby.

Mrs South Africa Nicole Capper, who was in the midst of the drama, says the scenes were horrific.

"Watched people being punched & stabbed in the open, with crowds of us stampeding and hiding under cars. Terrifying and traumatising. Hope everyone is out and home. Was saved by a stranger," she wrote on Twitter.

The beauty queen said it was like a "war zone".

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YouTube star Lasizwe also got caught up in the drama at the petrol station. He said he had to run for his life when people fleeing the mass muggings caused a stampede.

"Guys, we almost died after #GlobaCitizenFestivalSA (At Sasol Garage) - it was a mess, people were getting robbed, they were stampedes and apparent guns," he wrote on Twitter.

Global Citizen organisers said they were saddened by the events that took place.

"After such an inspiring evening, we are saddened to hear the challenges people had while leaving the venue. We have been working to support people getting home safely," officials tweeted.

Concertgoers were less than impressed and slammed the event's security setup.

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Here's a look at what others had to say.

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