OR Tambo security measures to be used at other ports of entry - Mbalula

2017-07-28 19:34
OR Tambo International Airport (Supplied)

OR Tambo International Airport (Supplied)

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Johannesburg – Newly introduced security measures at OR Tambo International Airport will be used as a blueprint for other ports of entry into the country, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday morning.

This follows the suspension of seven police officers, 34 information desk clerks and eight Gauteng tourism officials in an ongoing "clean-up" of Africa’s largest airport.

One of the changes in approach to airport security was that senior managers would be present at the premises, and not remotely, Mbalula said during a visit to the airport.

It is unclear what changes the security plan entails and how this would be implemented in other South African airports or sea ports.

During his visit, Mbalula highlighted some of the recent security successes at the airport.

He said, following the implementation of the new security plan, no reports had been received of criminals following vehicles exiting the airport to hijack them.

On Tuesday afternoon, a 24-year-old was charged with violating the Endangered Species Act after 11 pieces of rhino horn weighing about 20kg were found in her luggage.

On Friday morning, security forces arrested a 29-year-old woman who was carrying cocaine in a pair of shoes. She was travelling to São Paulo, Brazil.

Mbalula previously said his department was considering the introduction of a special court for the airport, to deal with "aviation-related matters".

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