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acsaSowetan reports that ten security officers have been fired after being found in possession of stolen items, including alcohol and juices, at OR Tambo International Airport.  

Airports Company SA’s (Acsa’s) Betty Maloka said this was one of the actions taken against transgressors as part of peak-season security operations.  “Security has been ramped up with additional members being provided by the police and licensed security contractors,” Maloka advised.  Among the measures being taken are random stop-and-search operations of people working in and around the airport and the use of additional staff to monitor several hundred CCTV cameras in real time.  Maloko went on to indicate:  “Staff with permits to work on the airside [the entire zone of an airport past customs control, passport check-in and security check zone] are not only subject to random stops and searches but are also subject to intensified searches at access points, both entering and leaving access-controlled areas.  Baggage wagons and other vehicles being used airside are being randomly stopped, with drivers subject to questioning and inspections.”  Maloka said airlines, groundhandling companies and law enforcement agencies were collaborating extensively with airport managers to ensure a successful holiday season.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tankiso Makhetha on page 6 of Sowetan of 18 December 2019

Read too, Major security sweep sees South African airport staff arrested and fired for stealing, at BusinessTech

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