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Date published 31.07.2017

SECURITY officials are developing an improved security plan to tackle follow-home attacks and other crime at and around OR Tambo International Airport.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said earlier this month that security had been enhanced and that more personnel would be assigned. The minister said he would explore the country’s 2010 Soccer World Cup strategy, which had been effective and efficient. A meeting between stakeholders was due to be held shortly.

“The leadership of South African Police Services is strengthening the plan of fighting crime at OR Tambo International Airport to ensure we keep this national key point safe for all passengers and visitors to the airport and our country,” Mr. Mbalula said. “We therefore want to assure South Africans and our international guests that safety is our number one priority.”

South African Tourism Chief Executive Officer Sisa Ntshona said the airport was a key entry point for the country and the continent, with approximately 21-million passengers passing through each year.

“Because tourism is such an important driver of inclusive economic growth in our economy, we want all airline passengers to feel safe,” he said.

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