WATCH | A suspicious package at the gates of Parliament turns out to be a false alarm

Police were dispatched to parliament on Wednesday morning after a suspicious package was left unattended in the parliament building.

Police spokesman Colonel Athlenda Mathe said K9 explosive detection dogs and bomb technicians responded to the suspicious bag at the entrance to Parliament.

‘Demining was carried out and no active explosive device was recovered. Further inquiries revealed that the bag belonged to a desk clerk working in one of Parliament’s offices,’ she said.

In a video posted on social media, officers approach the package, which was covered in a plastic bag. Parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo said the area was immediately cordoned off.

“While the police remain within the precinct and take the necessary precautionary measures, Parliament confirms that there is no immediate danger to the parliamentary community,” he said.

Mothapo said no one was evacuated. The bag was behind a black fence in the precincts of Parliament.

In 2016, an unattended travel bag caused a bomb threat in Parliament.

Security personnel noticed the small black travel bag next to the entrance to the old assembly building and cordoned off the area.

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