'Jumper' brings Cape Town to a halt

2014-03-19 13:32
A man threatens to jump from a building in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

A man threatens to jump from a building in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A man threatening to commit suicide by jumping from a building has brought the centre of Cape Town to a halt on Wednesday.

The man in his 30s was sitting on top a building on the corner of Wale and Long Street in the city while police and emergency personnel cordoned off the road.

Onlookers gathered to witness whether the man, who had been sitting on the building since about 09:00, would jump, Captain FC Van Wyk told News24.

Traffic on Wale Street was diverted on to Long Street, while emergency responders prepared for the resolution of the matter.

Van Wyk said that the police could not yet ascertain what if any demands the man had made and negotiators were attempting to bring him down safely.

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