Sandton City Mall has confirmed the tragic death of a woman who is believed to have taken her own life by jumping to her death, plunging several floors to the ground. On Saturday afternoon, November 27, 2021, the incident occurred in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.
For the time being, it’s unclear whether the incident occurred indoors or outdoors at Sandton City Mall. However, the South African Police Service (SAPS) is still investigating the incident, including determining whether or not it was a suicide. First responders rushed to the scene, but the woman died from her injuries before she could be taken to the hospital.
In light of the incident, the mall issued a brief statement expressing condolences to the deceased’s loved ones. “Sandton City confirms that on 27 November 2021. at approximately 12:04, an individual jumped to their death. Emergency services responded to the scene immediately, but the individual was unfortunately pronounced dead. The SAPS are currently investigating the incident,” it said.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time someone has been suspected of committing suicide at Sandton City Mall. The latest incident occurred just a month after a 19-year-old matric learner committed suicide by jumping to her death from inside the mall, in full view of witnesses who were traumatized.
“Sandton City Management send their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and request the respect of the deceased and their family on social media. Sandton City is operating and trading as normal,” the mall’s management wrote.
(2) Sandton City Management send their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, and request the respect of the deceased and their family on social media.
Sandton City is operating and trading as normal.
— Sandton City (@SandtonCity) November 27, 2021
At the time, it was believed that there was a video of a part of the incident, prompting law enforcement to advise those in possession of it not to circulate it online, out of respect for the victim and due to the graphic nature of it.