There was chaos at the Grove Mall in the east of Pretoria as an emergency evacuation was ordered yesterday, Rekord East reported.
“Everyone is standing around outside and some of the waiters working in the mall told us it is another bomb threat,” a shopper, Annele Botha, said on the scene.
This was the second time the mall had to be evacuated following another bomb threat earlier this year.
Pierre Botha, portfolio manager at the mall, confirmed a bomb threat was received and all shoppers were evacuated.
“The safety of our shoppers is a priority and we thank all shoppers for their quick assistance,” Botha said.
Police and the bomb squad were notified and searched the premises while shoppers grouped outside.
Cellphone footage shows shoppers standing outside the mall.
In a separate incident, a bomb threat was under investigation after the Boulders Mall in Midrand, Gauteng, was evacuated following a call received by the mall’s secretary in October.
The mall’s security manager, Songezo Sithole, said the secretary received the call at about 12.30pm, and someone with a male voice said that there was a bomb inside the mall and it would go off in an hour.
Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police responded to the scene, but nothing was found.
“Police were called to the scene and, on arrival, did not find anything. However, investigations are ongoing,” he added.
Parking manager at the mall, Nokwazi Zwane said: “We received a call that there was a bomb in the building and that we had to leave. After an hour, all shops were closed, and all civilians had been successfully evacuated.”
– Caxton News Service