High-level police presence to boost security at OR Tambo International Airport

Published on : Wednesday, July 12, 2017

unnamedSouth Africa’s Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, has announced a number of new policing and security measures in response to the recent incidents of crime in and around Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.


This includes the increased vetting of airport employees, the permanent deployment of a senior ranking police officer at the airport, and the deployment of additional metro police officials, as well as members of crime intelligence, the detective service and the Hawks (the police unit responsible for combating,investigating and preventing national priority crimes such as serious organised crime).


After visiting South Africa’s busiest airport and meeting with airport management about the nature of the crimes being committed, Minister Mbalula said similar security measures to those that were in place around the 2010 Fifa World Cup would be implemented.


“There is a collective agreement that we need to explore the 2010 Soccer World Cup strategy, which was both efficient and effective. We further discussed and reached agreement that it is critical to ensure that as part of the long-term, sustainable security plan, all people that work at the airport need to be effectively vetted, so that we have a greater appreciation of who is working and/or based at the airport,” he said.


Source:-Tambo International Airport

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