Mbalula committed to fighting corruption at OR Tambo airport

The police minister, together with State Security Minister David Mahlobo, on Friday unveiled the integrated multi-disciplinary tactical security plan.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula speaking at the OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says he's committed to rooting out corruption and collusion at OR Tambo International Airport.

Mbalula, together with State Security Minister David Mahlobo, on Friday unveiled the integrated multi-disciplinary tactical security plan.

There have been major safety concerns at the airport following a major heist earlier this year, drugs and other goods being smuggled and criminals following people home.

Mbalula says his new plan to beef up security the airport will effectively address crime and corruption.

“I firmly believe that this integrated multi-disciplinary security plan has all the hallmarks for success.”

Mbalula says high-end security will also be implemented on routes leading to the airport.

“This will go a long way to augment the work currently being done by the EMPD, with the support of Gauteng traffic.”

The minister says over 40 airport officials, including seven police officers, have been arrested for various crimes this year.

VETTING

More than 35,000 officials at the airport will undergo a vetting process from Monday.

Mahlobo says vetting process will not only be limited to employees.

“Vetting will go beyond personnel. The process will go to entities, such as service providers who do work in this area.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)