Roads in and around the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court were being cordoned off as a safety precaution after reports of a bomb threat surfaced, on Friday morning.
UPDATE: After this article was published, statements from the City of Cape Town and SAPS confirmed reports of a bomb at the Wynberg court were a hoax. See the original story below.
Wynberg court forced to close after alleged bomb scare
Details about the incident were still trickling in when this article was published.
However, according to sources filtering information to us from the scene, it appears Cape Town law enforcement took no chances in preserving the safety of the public when a call came in warning the court about an active bomb in the area.
It’s unclear, at this juncture, where the location of the said explosive is, but traffic services and emergency rescuers have reportedly converged at the courthouse to limit the potential of casualties.
From what we understand, Friday’s court roll may be delayed or wholly suspended. A word from the court was not received when this article was published.
We will provide updates as soon as more information trickles in from Cape Town police and our sources on the ground.
At this juncture, the best course of action for motorists and commuters travelling in and around the vicinity of Church Street, Wynberg, is to avoid the area until law enforcement has combed the region.
A threat of this nature is not a first for Wynberg Magistrate’s Court.
In late September 2019, the court was forced to close its door and commence with an emergency evacuation after a call came in warning about an active explosive device in the building.
That, however, proved to be a false alarm. Alas, law enforcement’s response to Friday’s bomb scare
This is a developing story.