Cape Town - The issue of safety and security at OR Tambo
International airport has come under fire following a growing crime wave at
South Africa’s busiest airport.
South Africa's Minister of
Police, Fikile Mbalula met with key security cluster officials at the airport
on Monday 10 July to discuss the issue, including the Minister of State
Security, Mr David Mahlobo and the MEC of Community Safety, Ms Sizakele
Mbalula says he was shocked at
the lack of security at the national key point, which saw more than 21m
passengers transit through in 2016 alone, during a visit on 6 June 2017 to meet
with Airport Management.
SEE: OR Tambo International crime is simply 'embarrassing'
He has since assigned a special
task team to monitor the brazen crime wave, which largely involves inside
jobs" due to bribery and corruption amongst the police and work force in
and around the airport.
Mbalula says just before the
briefing took place he was notified of an armed robbery of a truck containing
valuable goods coming from the airport was hijacked.
SEE: OR Tambo heightens
security as multi-million rand robbery details emerge
He stressed the need for better
vetting of staff and the need for effective prosecution similar to the strategy
of the 2010 Soccer World Cup to deal with police officers who are in "cahoots
OR Tambo will be getting its
own Major General to lead security operations at the airport. Added to this the
City of Ekurhuleni will deploy more EMPD officers to assist in curbing crime
wave at OR Tambo.
Mbalula stressed the need to
address non-existent tactical crime intelligence at the airport
A joint deployment to OR Tambo
will include crime intelligence, the Hawks, and detectives who will operate
from the airport and monitored the situation on a daily basis as part of the
new "masterplan for security".
A follow-up meeting will be
held with all government agencies within the security cluster next Friday, 21
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Tambo crime surge
the recent crimes include:
- 1 April cash in transit heist
saw a vehicle blown up with explosives on the R24 highway
- On 7 May a R20m armed robbery
saw criminals impersonating police officers
- On 1 April cash in transit
heist saw a vehicle blown up with explosives on the R24 highway
- On the 15th May, a high-jacking
and murder took place at the airport
- On 1st of July there was a
Swissport warehouse armed robbery
- 8 July couple followed and
robbed of R50k in luggage and goods
“We therefore want to be clear
in sending a strong message to criminals and those corrupt police officials who
are in cahoots with criminals, that your days are numbered. We will not
tolerate a state of lawlessness where criminals do as they please in our
country,” says Mbalula.
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