Sandton City Bomb Scare


An anonymous telephonic bomb threat lead to the evacuation of Sandton City Shopping Centre this past Saturday evening.


  • Customers of Sandton City spilled onto the streets as the mall decided to evacuate.
  • Police gave the all-clear just after 9pm, following a sweep of the premises.
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Sandton City Bomb Scare

Sandton City confirms that a telephonic bomb threat was received on Saturday, the 24th of April 2021 at 5:35pm. The safety and security of shoppers and tenants is of the utmost importance to Sandton City, and all security protocols have been put in place.

// Sandton City Twitter Account


An explosives unit from the South African Police Service (SAPS) was dispatched to the centre and following a thorough sweep of the mall, the premises was given the “all-clear”. Normal trading has resumed at the centre. It is not clear if there was any definite danger or who the threat might have come from.


As a precautionary measure, the decision was made to evacuate Sandton City with immediate effect. Sandton City, together with the South African Police Service and emergency services, continue to monitor the situation closely; and all necessary precautions shall be adhered.

// Sandton City Twitter Account


This is not the first time Sandton has witnessed a ‘bomb threat’ evacuation. Employees at EY (Ernst & Young) and Alexander Forbes’s Sandton offices were evacuated following a bomb scare back in 2019. That same year, an anonymous ‘bomb threat’ call prompted the evacuation of the Old Mutual building in Sandton. In 2018, Nelson Mandela Square was confirmed by the SAPS to be clear of any threat, following a bomb scare.


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