Woman jumps to her death at Menlyn
TRADING WAS halted at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre when a woman believed to have been suffering from depression jumped to her death from the 6th level of the mall on Wednesday afternoon.
Brooklyn police spokesperson Captain Anton Breedt said a security officer from the mall had been summoned to the scene prior to the woman’s jump.
“We discovered that the security officer was able to convince her to move away from the rail,” said Breedt.
“The officer convinced her to follow him away from the rail but, when he looked away, she jumped.”
He said the police had opened a suicide inquest docket into the death of the 45-year-old Pretoria North woman.
Shoppers said numerous businesses stopped trading for some time and closed their doors to pay their respects.
It is believed the woman’s body remained covered in the mall for a long time as the police investigated what happened.
The mall’s assistant marketing manager, Chardae Jairus, said: “Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is saddened by the tragic death of one of our customers.
“Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the customer.
“The SAPS were on the scene and will be handling the incident further,” said Jairus.
A man believed to have been working as a security guard at the Menlyn Park Mall died in July 2014.
His death was also declared a suicide, said a police spokesperson.