National News

Mounted police push crowd

2010-06-10 18:42

Cape Town - Mounted police were used to push back the crowds outside Cape Town's fan park when the venue closed its gates on Thursday evening.

City authorities had said earlier that the park, which is hosting a day-night "Welcome the World Concert", would close the gates when it reached capacity at 17 000.

A line of police were deployed to bar entry at dusk.

Other police were also summoned to help push the crowd back.

However, hundreds of people were still massed at the barriers.

The crowd was entertained from early afternoon by musical acts including Nomfusi and the Lucky Charms, Ernie Ulster and DJ Reddy D.

One of the performers in the second half of the concert on Thursday evening will be rhythm and blues star R Kelly, accompanied by The Soweto Spiritual Singers.

Earlier fans were requested to avoid the area on the Grand Parade and rather go to Adderley Street, where giant television screens had been erected.

A spokesperson for the city, Kylie Hatton, confirmed that one person had been injured while fans were pushing to gain entrance.

The reported injuries were apparently all minor.

Motorists on the city’s surrounding highways were also asked via new electronic boards to stay away from the CBD because of congestion.

Read more on:    cape town


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Updated: Hottest SWC WAGs

Updated: Hottest SWC 2010 WAGs


World Cup 2010 is over and the country is returning to normal - but have you moved on yet?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.