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ACSA to review security at CT airport

ACSA says it will do everything possible to ensure public safety after Wednesday's shooting.

Police stand outside a popular restaurant at the Cape Town International Airport on 28 May 2014 after an officer shot his girlfriend and then killed himself. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says it will do everything possible to ensure security at the Cape Town International Airport is stepped up, if need be.

This follows a fatal shooting involving a policeman, which took place at on Wednesday night.

The officer shot and wounded his wife and two others at the Ocean Basket restaurant in the airport's food court.

He then turned the gun on himself.

The body of a police constable who shot and wounded three people before turning the gun on himself at Cape Town International Airport is removed from the scene on 28 May. 2014. Picture: Sapa.

ACSA's Communications Manager Deidre Davids says, "We will work together with the police and the relevant security agencies, to do a full review. If we need to strengthen any processes, we won't hesitate to do that. We will however be guided by the security authority."

While the employees and the constable's wife are recovering in hospital, the officer died on the scene.

The police constable, whose name can't be disclosed as this stage, was based at the Lentegeur police station in Mitchells Plain.

A forensic pathology vehicle stands outside the Cape Town International Airport 28 May 2014 after a police officer shot his girlfriend and then himself at a popular restaurant. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT

The Saartjie Baartman Centre's Shaheema McLeod says the shooting is not an isolated incident.

In another incident last week, a 33-year-old police officer shot and wounded his wife and then turned the gun on himself near Mossel Bay.

"While we are all shocked and horrified about what happened, we have to keep in mind that this is not an isolated incident. Violent crimes are being perpetuated against women and children on a daily basis."

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