Sandton City: Warning issued for those sharing ‘graphic video’ of teen’s suicide
Police have confirmed that a suicide occurred at the Sandton City Mall last week - and social media users have been warned about their conduct.
South Africans who are active on social media have been asked to stop circulating footage of a young woman who plunged to her death at Sandton City Mall – out of respect for the victim’s family.
Sandton City suicide: Video footage spreading on social media
Unfortunately, the video has been seen by The South African – and it’s not something you want to watch twice, put it that way. A follow-up clip also shows the young woman lifeless on the ground, after she fell from the very top of the building.
Heartbreakingly, security staff can be witnessed trying to help the 19-year-old away from the ledge, but they are powerless to prevent her suicide. Traumatised onlookers were also seen reacting to the horrific incident.
Sandton City incident confirmed as suicide – as mall officials share tragic details
Sandton City Mall officials have acknowledged the incident, and confirmed SAPS are still probing the matter.
“On 13 October 2021, there was an incident of suicide at the Sandton City Mall. The South African Police Service is still investigating this incident, and our team remains in constant communications with SAPS. The individual jumped to their death, despite the on-site security team’s best efforts to offer assistance.”
Warning about sharing death footage
However, Sandton City Mall has also made a very simple request to the public, on behalf of the deceased and her relatives. They have politely asked netizens to refrain from sharing the footage.
The South African Police Service has ruled this incident as a suicide.— Sandton City (@SandtonCity) October 15, 2021
Sandton City is aware of graphic footage circulating on social media platforms and requests the removal of this footage, in respect of the deceased and their family. 2/2
The graphic scenes add absolutely nothing more to the tragedy. Everything we need to know has been established by law enforcement agencies and the mall’s security team. You don’t need to see the video – nobody needs to – and it really isn’t asking too much for people to show a bit of respect and decency by refusing to share it any further.