OR Tambo Crimes: Mbalula To Vet And Reshuffle Airport Staff


OR Tambo Airport Crimes: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced that he will reshuffle officers and security guards at Johannesburg-based OR Tambo International Airport.

Mbalula said this in a meeting with State Security Minister David Mahlobo, South African Revenue Services (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane and the Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina shortly after he visited the airport on Monday morning to assess security at the national key point.

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The Minister disclosed that many of the crimes committed at OR Tambo are inside jobs, alleging that police and security officials often accept bribes.

In a bid to curb and further prevent other criminal incidents at the airport, the minister said he would employ the services of armed, tactical response team that will ‘outgun’ airport criminals.

There has been an upsurge in the criminal activities at the airport in recent time. Just a few weeks ago, a Centurion couple were robbed of cell phones and R50 000 in cash after they were followed from the airport.

Recently, a spokesperson for OR Tambo International Airport, Leigh Gunkel-Keuler, expressed concern about a recent follow-home crime that saw two people shot and wounded.

She promised that management will, as usual, take decisive action when any person helping the criminals is identified, irrespective of whether the spotters are employed by Airports Company South Africa or one of the many service providers operating at the airport.

Nevertheless, Mbalula says crime would soon be a thing of the past as he is working with airport officials and state security to ensure police and staff are either redeployed or monitored 24/7 to root out corruption and collusion.

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O. R. Tambo International Airport is one of South Africa’s major international airport situated in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. It is owned by Airports Company South Africa.