Policeman arrested for PE mall bomb threat


Port Elizabeth police have taken a 38-year old man into custody following a bomb threat at the Greenacers Shopping Centre on Friday afternoon.

In a statement, police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said that the man, who has been identified as an off-duty policeman, entered an ABSA bank branch shortly after 13h30, threatening to detonate a bomb if his demands, which are still unknown, are not met.

Janse van Rensburg stated that members of the Port Elizabeth K9 and explosive units had the bank evacuated but that a search found no bombs or explosives. She also confirmed that the man was receiving assistance and counselling from the police’s Employee Health and Wellness section before the incident, but declined to provide further details.

He is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Monday for making a false bomb threat.