OR Tambo concerned over follow-home crime


OR Tambo airport has voiced its concern after a recent increase in the number of follow-home robberies across Gauteng.

On Saturday, it was reported that a family was robbed in Moreleta Park while travelling to OR Tambo airport.

Four armed men forced them to hand over their luggage, phones and money

A couple from the Democratic Republic of the Congo were both shot and wounded outside a hotel in Sunnyside on Sunday.

OR Tambo spokesperson Leigh Gunkel-Keuler said airport management was concerned about crime in the vicinity of the airport.

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“The safety and security of passengers and visitors to OR Tambo International Airport remains of paramount importance to airport management,” said Gunkel-Keuler.

She said the police were very much aware of such cases and were trying to prevent crime in and around the airport

“As airport management we continue to engage with the SAPS on these matters and attempt to effectively communicate the concerns we hear from the public.”

“In addition, we provide any assistance we can to the efforts of the SAPS to prevent crime that is connected to the airport in some way.”

Aviation Security Services acting senior manager Kamal Shivanand said their mandate was to control access into restricted areas and to screen passengers, hand luggage and hold baggage.

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“Our task is to ensure the safe and secure facilitation of passengers in our airport as it relates to the first level screening of passengers, which includes the use of scanning machines, baggage screening and trace detection,” said Shivanand.

“All this is done to ensure passenger safety and we are frequently subjected to independent evaluation.”

A Laudium man was robbed at his home last week, after returning from London.

It is believed the 52-year-old was followed from the airport by two men.

The man was abruptly woken up a few hours after he arrived home by two armed men who took R8 000 in cash and two cellphones.

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