Mbalula believes airport crimes are coming to an end
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's comments come after six suspects were arrested at the weekend following a tip-off from a security vehicle following a car from the airport.
JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says that he believes the days of airport crimes such as follow-home robberies are drawing to a close.
His comments come after six suspects were arrested at the weekend following a tip-off from a security vehicle following a car from the airport.
Mbalula says that these arrests show that the police are determined to end crime in and around the airport.
The suspects are due to appear in court on Monday.
Spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said: “We are happy but we need a watertight OR Tambo for the economy and tourism of the country.”
Meanwhile, the Iraqi ambassador to South Africa says they are now waiting to get more details from the police to determine why an Iraqi delegation is the latest group to be targeted by the so-called OR Tambo airport robbers.
On Thursday night, a group of Iraqi delegates was followed and robbed at gunpoint at Corlett Drive offramp while on their way to their hotel.
The armed men made off with jewellery and cash.
It’s not yet clear why they are in the country but refused to cut their mission short after the crime.
Ambassador Saad Kindeel says one person has been wounded and treated in hospital.
“It’s not an unusual thing to happen in South Africa, particularly from the OR Tambo airport and for us this is the first time something like that happens.”
Last month, 36 Dutch tourists were robbed, also while travelling from OR Tambo International Airport to Fourways.
In that incident, a man dressed in a police uniform stopped the bus the elderly tourists were travelling in and four of his accomplices participated in the robbery.