Stronger security at OR Tambo International
New policing strategies at OR Tambo International Airport are set to make South Africa's largest and busiest port of entry safer and more secure.
Airport staff will now be vetted and rotated to curb corruption, tactical responses will be intensified, and more police and security personnel will be deployed at the airport.
“Everybody working here will be vetted and rotated,” Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said.
“Those who are not needed will be asked to step aside. There will be extra deployment of personnel.The honeymoon is over for those stationed here for more than 10 years.”
The Minister announced the new plans during a recent site inspection at the airport.
During his visit, Minister Mbalula discussed security challenges at the airport with management of the South African Police Service, as well as State Security officials, and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department.
“What you see here will be intensified going forward. Our tactical response will be upped. We are unleashing all our important units to keep watch at the airport,” the Minister said.
“Things won't be business as usual. This new security strategy won't be seasonal. It is here to stay. The dangerous criminals must know we have an appointment with them.”