Mahlobo: Vetting of airport officials to start on Monday

There's been major concerns over security there following a major heist earlier this year, drugs and other goods being smuggled in and criminals following people home.

FILE: This file photo shows State Security Minister David Mahlbo, Police Minister David Mahlobo and Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina brief the media on security changes at OR Tambo International Airport on 21 July 2017. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - State Security Minister David Mahlobo says the vetting process for officers, staff and security guards at OR Tambo International Airport will begin on Monday.

Mahlobo, together with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, have unveiled a multi-disciplinary tactical security plan to root out corruption and collusion at the airport.

There have been major concerns over security there following a major heist earlier this year, drugs and other goods being smuggled in and criminals following people home.

Mahlobo says over 35,000 employees will undergo the process.

“Especially because we want to know who’s who in the zoo, in terms of their integrity so that we cannot be able to harbour some of those people. But from Monday the key position and the areas of vulnerability in terms of security assessment, those are the areas where we’re going to start.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)