Diplomats robbed leaving OR Tambo airport

2017-10-13 09:16 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - A group of Iraqi diplomats were robbed at gunpoint just after leaving OR Tambo International Airport.

According to anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee, one diplomat has been hospitalised and that the group was in South Africa visiting police and army officials.

Their luggage and other valuables were taken during the heist.

SEE: OR Tambo clamping down on illegal activities

Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba retweeted Ambramjee and commented on the failings of our criminal justice system.

"The international image of our country is being destroyed by failure of our criminal justice system," says Mashaba.

He also replied to a comment citing the need for the army to be deployed, that "we don't need the army to defend us against criminals, but a criminal justice system led by men & women of honor & integrity."

ALSO SEE: US issues safety alert for SA due to OR Tambo crime wave

This is another robbery in a spate of 'follow-home' crime that's hit the busy airport in the last few months. OR Tambo and SAPS have started to implement a seven step plan to curb this crime wave around the airport, which included limiting road access to the airport. 

The US also issued a safety alert for SA due to the perceived criminal element.

READ: TBCSA backs 7 key steps for OR Tambo 'master security plan'

In September a group of 36 Dutch tourists were also robbed in their tourbus after having just landed in the country for their holiday, and in July another couple was also robbed of R50 000 after being followed home from the airport.

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