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Cavendish Square closes its doors amid shutdown murmurs

Andile Sicetsha - 15.07.2021

Cavendish Square Mall took no chances and closed its doors amid fears of shutdown riots. Here’s when the centre expects to reopen.

Cavendish Square Mall, a shopping centre nestled in the leafy southern suburbs of Cape Town closed its doors amid rumblings of a riot expected to break out in the Mother City.

Thus far, there has been no confirmation of a violent demonstration of the magnitude of what we’ve seen in most parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), in the Western Cape.

Premier Alan Winds and Mayo member for community safety Albert Fritz have reiterated, on several occasions, that these violent shutdown riots that, thus far, have claimed more than 72 lives, have not spilled into the DA-led province.

In a statement released by the Western Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC), it’s further stressed that as of Thursday, “there have been no verified incidents of looting reported for any region in the Western Cape.”

“SAPS and the PDMC are aware of multiple messages going around relating to – amongst others – alleged threats to various malls in the City of Cape Town and elsewhere in the province. This includes messages on official letterheads known as early warnings

“PLEASE NOTE these official early warnings are no cause for alarm. These are pre-emptive risk mitigation measures. Crime intelligence compiles daily reports of POSSIBLE RISKS to look out for and these become early warnings. High risk areas have been identified and contingency measures are already in place to address every situation that may come up,” the statement reads.

Cavendish Square cautiously reopens mall for limited access

Despite this, Cavendish Square is taking no chance. At the time this article was published, the southern suburb shopping mall had reopened its doors to general walk-ins but shoppers could only access Woolworths, Pick n Pay and other ‘essential’ stores.

“The situation in South Africa remains volatile, and in the best interest of our shoppers and tenants safety, we have been advised to close for trade, on Thursday 15 July,” the centre noted in a tweet.

Swisher Post News contacted the centre and received confirmation that the move was cautionary and that the shopping mall should return to normal operations on Friday 16 July.