August 29, 2018 / 2:17 PM / 3 months ago

UPDATE 2-Two South African malls reopen after bomb threats

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JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Trading resumed at two of South Africa’s biggest shopping malls on Wednesday following bomb threats, after police found no explosive devices at either location.

The Mall of Africa, located between Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the Sandton City mall in Johannesburg’s Sandton district both closed after reporting bomb threats.

“Police searched and nothing was found and it was handed to the management,” police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said of the Mall of Africa.

A similar search failed to turn up any bomb at Sandton City. Management of both malls said shopping had resumed.

Shiny malls have sprung up throughout South Africa, creating thousands of jobs. Mall of Africa is set in the sprawling Midrand suburb housing many of South Africa’s newly middle-class black consumers, about 20 km (12 miles) away from its rival Sandton City. (Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg Writing by James Macharia Editing by Peter Graff)

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