Corruption at OR Tambo curbed - minister

2012-07-06 11:32

Johannesburg - Drastic measures have helped curb corruption at OR Tambo International Airport, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Friday.

"There was a lot of corruption there. People were coming in [to South Africa] without visas, who should have visas, and there were even things like ghost travellers," she told a business briefing in Sandton.

"Where people have come into South Africa and when it is time for them to leave, the immigration officer takes their passport and scans it through the machine, but they don't leave."

Dlamini-Zuma said her department had removed the old home affairs team tasked at the airport and had replaced it with a new one from the military.

"Not all of them were corrupt, but enough of them were corrupt... The ones that remained, we took them through a course for a year," she said.


Dlamini-Zuma said the difference was evident in statistics on the number of people turned back while trying to enter the country.

"Some of them still think it is the old system. They come hoping that they will get through and they don't."

The new system would be expanded to other airports and ports of entry, she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said there was no place for corruption in her department,

"Where there is corruption, we try and deal with it swiftly so that people know there is no place for corruption," she said.

"But what has helped us a lot; we have worked with the public. Even in terms of improving service delivery... Because of that we have had a lot of success even with corruption."

  • Henk - 2012-07-06 11:40

    Who got fired and then jailed? Who? Or did you just move them sideways?

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-07-06 11:53

      Another proud news article. The country should be called the country of corruptions

      Revelgen - 2012-07-06 12:20

      Oh, is ACSA now still running ORT then?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-06 12:24

      It's just a jump to the left......... Put your hands on your hips......... FIRE ALL CORRUPT EMPLOYEES PLEASE. I wonder if the new staff have it in them to smile and greet people in a friendly manner? That would also be a welcome change.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-06 13:02

      We don't want it curbed. We want it eliminated and the criminals taken to court not redeployed somewhere else.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 13:50

      Dead right Gerhard - exactly the thought that went through my mind. ANC half-measures once again - and why? because they actually don't want to fully bite the hand that feeds them.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-06 14:35

      Dlamini-Zuma has had a few ministerial posts. Which ones did she excell in?

      alf.pop - 2012-07-06 20:17

      Thgey got "shifted!"

  • Ian - 2012-07-06 11:40

    yip, its voting time in a while, make yourselves look all squeaking clean, what happens after that is another story

  • poloyatonkim - 2012-07-06 11:43

    Well done Minister...

  • henrileriche - 2012-07-06 11:45

    Im glad the airport changed it name and that's it's not Jan Smuts Airport anymore. Jan Smuts was too great a statesman to be associated with what that airport stands for now. My personal experience of the people working.....bribes make them tick.

      eric_t - 2012-07-06 11:54

      hehe. Ohhhhk

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-06 11:52

    Only the blinded misled and drunk punched citizens will be happy and believe this latest claim to success. I think for the rest its sickening to hear all these pie in the sky statements of this and that and in the end it is back to square one .

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-07-06 12:30

    Now it is just the Airline officials to be sorted out, then customs chaps and the taxis around the airport and we should have a nice airport

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-07-06 12:30

    Oops for got the baggage handlers, those honest chaps

  • kmaruma - 2012-07-06 12:39

    Election time they will come up with all this BS

  • donald - 2012-07-06 13:01

    whatever how does that song go after a speech how the hell can we believe you trala la etc...

  • tshepos.setiso - 2012-07-06 17:28

    other country they know south africa like corruption country ooh God help this corrup country and also the government to know that you are the living God they cant even pray when they start to talk in parlament thats way this country is so full of crime and corruptions because they dont know who God is.

  • Kholofelo Irene Maboho - 2012-07-06 17:53

    Way to go DHA...

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