As the year runs to an end, recent developments at OR Tambo International Airport warns travelers as well as families and friends doing pick-ups at the airport to be alert on crimes spike across the board.
Former North West DG Professor Job Mokgoro told news reporters on Sunday that he was robbed while returning from a business trip to Australia.
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According to what Mokgoro said, he had a hunch he was being followed after exchanging his forex at OR Tambo International. The robbers followed me home and took my changed cash, luggage, and cellphone, Mokgoro told news24
“There should be warning signs to brief people on this if they [police] have noted these trends. We should see some type of effort to caution the public. I have been a victim today and I owe it to society to make sure it shouldn’t happen to the next person,” he said, adding that four sets of police officers who took his statement all “warned not to make transactions at the airport”.
OR Tambo has an Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department satellite station based at the airport and the Airport Company of South Africa (ACSA) has been contacted for a statement concerning the security conditions and the implications of the allegations.
Acsa has been working to improve security measures on the air-side of its international airport operations with newly piloted scanning systems, even as key stakeholders keep complaining that security around the airport is lacking.
The DA, on its own part, has highlighted concerns about the perceived lack of security, stating that safety at the Gauteng airport “has been severely compromised in the past few weeks”.
The party’s member of the Parliament in Gauteng, Michele Clarke said she has received complaints from travelers who arrived late at the airport and “felt unsafe walking to the parking garage and to catch a taxi-cab”.
“I have been followed to my car on three occasions and in one instance I was accosted by a group of young men asking for money,” says Clarke.
Similarly, DA MP James Vos said they are concerned that crime could put the SA travel and trade image in jeopardy, “which would negatively impact the industry and lead to more jobs being lost on top of a decrease in foreign investment”
He, therefore, called for an impact assessment to be done on the crime within the tourism industry.
“The travel and tourism industry is constantly subjected to change both internal and external, he said, adding that the world has experienced an increase in terrorism and terrorist events, such as September 11th 2001, which have caused significant changes in air travel and passengers perception of safety.