Activites ground to a halt at Eikestad Mall on Thursday 6 April after one of its tenants received a bomb threat shortly after shops re-opened for business.
Workers and shoppers had to be evacuated at 08:33 after someone had phoned the tenant saying a bomb had been placed in the mall.
Protocol was followed and SAPS made an internal sweep, for which the landlord was instructed to initiate a full evacuation in case of a real threat.
The mall and surrounding buildings were placed under lockdown while the K9 Dog Unit and bomb squad did a thorough search. Emergency services were on standby until the search was concluded. No suspicious-looking items were found.
Workers and shoppers were evacuated to assembly points on either side of the mall, and were only allowed back onto the premises after the sweep was completed at around 14:00.
Eikestad Mall management are thankful to all parties, tenants, general public and staff involved for their timely cooperation during this incident.
“We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused as a result of this unfortunate bomb scare, but the safety of our customers and tenants and staff is our highest priority,” Operations Manager Chris Brunner said.
“Thank you to SAPS and Emergency Services for their prompt and thorough response. We will continue to ensure that all security measures are in place.”
Customers are encouraged to report any suspicious behaviour to the Eikestad Mall security office on 0 021 886 6267.