Law to get tough on hoax callers

Cape Times - - NEWS - Nosipho Mn­goma

HOAX callers mak­ing bomb threats could face both crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion and civil claims for wast­ing po­lice re­sources.

Po­lice spokesper­son Bri­gadier Vishnu Naidoo said the SAPS viewed the pranks in a se­ri­ous light and any­one caught could find them­selves in jail.

The warn­ing came af­ter three hoax calls were made, claim­ing that there was a bomb in­side Wool­worths in Cor­nu­bia Mall, one in the Com­mer­cial City build­ing in the Dur­ban CBD and at the Phoenix po­lice sta­tion yes­ter­day.

Shop­pers were evac­u­ated and Cor­nu­bia Mall was shut down as po­lice dog and bomb units combed the store.

But the po­lice did not find any­thing sus­pi­cious.

Wool­worths said the store was evac­u­ated to en­sure the safety of em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers.

The in­ci­dent was the fourth bomb scare at a Wool­worths store, af­ter one de­vice det­o­nated and caused a fire and an­other was de­fused at the Gate­way The­atre of Shop­ping.

A de­vice was also found at the chain’s Pav­il­ion store.

A spokesper­son for Cor­nu­bia Mall said once po­lice gave the all-clear the mall was re­opened and back in busi­ness.

“It ap­pears to have been a hoax,” the spokesper­son said.

KZN VIP chief ex­ec­u­tive Glen Naidoo said sev­eral se­cu­rity com­pa­nies, the po­lice and emer­gency med­i­cal res­cue teams went to the Phoenix po­lice sta­tion af­ter it re­ceived the threat.

“The po­lice sta­tion was evac­u­ated and searched. Noth­ing was found,” Naidoo said.

Po­lice spokesper­son Vishnu Naidoo said hoax calls caused dis­rup­tion while de­plet­ing stretched po­lice re­sources.

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