Southgate shopping center back to normal after bomb alert

Johannesburg – The Gauteng police confirmed that the operations were back to normal in Southgate Mall after a bombing expedition had forced an evacuation on Friday.

The shopping center was evacuated after the police received a phone call from a suspect device in one of the shopping center stores.

"The police responded and called the bomb team to verify that the mall had been evacuated in the meantime," explained Gauteng police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele.

The device found was not a bomb and Makhubele confirmed that customers could return to the mall after verifying.

The last shock comes one month after numerous shopping centers in KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape were forced to evacuate after the bombing was reported.

In KZN last month there were several bombedings around Durban, with fire bombs found in Woolworths stores in the Gateway and Pavilion Malls, as well as a Woolworths store in the Durban CBD.

In Cape Town, a similar fright forced an evacuation at one of the busiest shopping centers, the Kenilworth Center, last month.

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