Picture: Mustapha Roshan
Cape Town - Kenilworth Centre in Cape Town was evacuated just after lunchtime on Saturday, allegedly due to a bomb scare. The centre, which is located close to the Kenilworth Racecourse, is one of the busiest shopping malls in the city. 

Management at the centre could not be reached for comment, but a number of people posted on social media that the centre's evacuation policy was ineffective and led to chaotic scenes as people poured out the complex. 

Staff from the dozens of stores in the mall were seen milling around outside the centre, unsure of what to do but unable to leave because their personal belongings were left behind in the haste to evacuate.  

Cars streamed out of the multilevel parking lot at Kenilworth Centre after the mall was evacuated. Picture: Mustapha Roshan

The City of Cape Town has confirmed that the centre was evacuated due to a bomb threat and that the Bomb Disposal Unit is yet to search the sprawling building . The centre has also been a hotspot for robbers targeting cellphone stores and has been hit at least three times in the last year.

* This is a developing story.