Cape Town – Travellers are being warned to be vigilant as crime in and around the airport, including tailing of those leaving the airport, is cause for concern following a recent attack on a couple.
According to an IOL report, a coupled from the Democratic Republic of Congo took an Uber taxi shortly after landing at OR Tambo International Airport at the weekend - only to be followed and robbed outside their hotel.
The couple reportedly resisted handing over their belongs and were shot and wounded during the incident.
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OR Tambo International Airport issued a statement on Monday 19 June saying it is well "aware of and concerned about incidents of crime in the vicinity of the airport and against people followed to their destinations from the airport".
“The safety and security of passengers and visitors to OR Tambo International Airport remains of paramount importance to airport management. We are therefore particularly concerned by the latest occurrence of follow-home crime in which two people were shot and wounded,” says Leigh Gunkel-Keuler, spokesperson for OR Tambo International Airport.
'Acsa assisting SAPS, on high-level alert'
“It is our understanding that there is a high level of awareness of these matters within the South African Police Services (SAPS), which has the responsibility for preventing and investigating crime in and around the airport. As airport management we continue to engage with the SAPS on these matters and attempt to effectively communicate the concerns that we hear from the public. In addition, we provide any assistance we can to the efforts of the SAPS to prevent crime that is connected to the airport in some way,” says Gunkel-Keuler.
OR Tambo security has been a matter of concern over the last few months - with the recent robbery was latest in a string of incidents involving people targeted by armed criminals and robbed while travelling from the airport.
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A man was shot dead and his passengers robbed as he was driving them to OR Tambo International Airport on 15 May, as well as a multi-million rand heist in which cargo to the value of R24m was stolen by robbers allegedly posing as police.
OR Tambo says it is working with the necessary stakeholders - South African Police Services, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD), Customs and Excise (South African Revenue Service), Home Affairs (Immigration), the SA Civil Aviation Authority - to improve the safety and security risks that fall outside of its means of control - in accordance with ICAO regulation.
“We also continuously engage the EMPD at our regular meetings on their mandate to implement by-laws and manage road traffic in Ekurhuleni,” says Gunkel-Keuler.
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In January this year vehicle tracking and recovery experts, C-track, working with Arrive Alive, revealed hijacking hotspots as well as the top vehicles targeted by criminals.
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