Woman jumps to her death at Men­lyn

Pretoria News - - NEWS - – James Mahlok­wane

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.

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