No bomb threat at Pelonomi, says health department

Members of the public standing in front of the hospital after being evacuated​

The Free State Department of Health has confirmed that there was no bomb threat this morning at the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein.

This comes after parts of the hospital was evacuated in a haste earlier this morning. Community members called Bloemfontein Courant this morning fearing that there might be a bomb in the hospital after they were evacuated.

According to Free State Health spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, the hospital had no water yesterday (1 December 2020) due to water interruptions in the City and as a result too much air built up in the pipes. “The reopening of water supply today led to high water pressure that could result in pipes bursting. This led to emergency evacuation of people in order for pressure to be released without impacting people,” said Mvambi.

Mvambi confirmed to Bloemfontein Courant that the situation is being managed by the Disaster Management stakeholders at the facility to ensure that there is calm and no adverse impact on patients, workers and visitors.

Pierce van Heerden