OR Tambo Airport officials to undergo vetting process

The intervention follows a major heist earlier this year and several reports of people being followed and robbed from the airport.

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 - In the wake of major security concerns at the OR Tambo International Airport, more than 35,000 officials will undergo a vetting process from Monday.

On Friday, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and State Security Minister David Mahlobo unveiled a multi-disciplinary tactical security plan, to root out corruption and collusion at the airport.

The intervention follows a major heist earlier this year and several reports of people being followed from the airport and then robbed.

Mahlobo says that the vetting process will begin in key positions.

“The vetting process will go beyond personnel. It will extend to other entities, such as service providers or contractors. It will take place whether they’re in the transport or security sectors to check their integrity. We will be able to better deal with the syndicates operating there.”

The Police Minister has expressed his commitment to fight against corruption at the airport.

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.”

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)