A video shared on Twitter by @Bosbeer2006 shows an explosive device being removed from a security guard – this reaffirmed a message making the rounds on social media about a bomb threat in Macassar on Saturday, January 30.
#Incident Macassar The explosive device around SBV security guard that was apparently hijacked earlier. Device was removed by the @SAPoliceService bomb squad.. Area has not been cleared yet.. @BOSBEER2006 @1SecondLater @News24 @MARIUSBROODRYK @eNCA pic.twitter.com/hByzw3sfJF
— BOSBEER.COM (@BOSBEER2006) January 30, 2021
The message warned residents in Macassar of a possible bomb threat. In the message, it is alleged there was a situation near the entrance to the Huntsman after a cash-in-transit vehicle was hijacked in Stellenbosch, and the security guard was strapped with a bomb and thrown out of the vehicle.
It goes on to explain that the bomb squad and law enforcement are attending to the scene, and that residents should steer clear of the area until the situation is resolved.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Novela Potelwa confirmed the incident and said detectives are investigating a kidnapping and a robbery case.
“The Western Cape bomb disposal unit responded to an incident where a cash-in-transit company employee was allegedly abducted, strapped with explosive materials and forced to remove cash from several ATMs in Cape Town. The 30 year old man was then dropped off along the N2 highway near Firgrove Road, with the explosive materials still strapped to him.