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'Collusion & corruption behind OR Tambo Airport crimes'

The police minister says he is working with airport officials and state security to ensure police & staff are either redeployed or monitored 24/7 to root out corruption & collusion.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, State Security Minister David Mahlobo, Mayor Mzandile Masina and Safety MEC Sizakele Malobane brief the media on crime at the OR Tambo International Airpot on 10 July 2017. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/ EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says corruption and collusion are behind crimes at OR Tambo International Airport and now all staff and security will be vetted.

Mbalula held a meeting with State Security Minister David Mahlobo, South African Revenue Services (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane and the Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina to discuss interventions to stop crimes in and around the airport.

He says just on Monday morning there was an attempted robbery at OR Tambo.

Mbalula says many of the crimes committed at OR Tambo are inside jobs.

He says 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.

The minister says all forces are on guard to ensure there will be tactical response to crime.

On his way to the airport to assess the state of security, a truck carrying valuable goods was hijacked.

It has since been recovered but the suspects are at a large.

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