- Herman Mashaba shared a clip of a Ghanaian friend narrowly escaping a potentially brutal robbery
- The politician has called for an increase in security at OR Tambo International Airport
- However, the bustling airport has already taken note of crimes involving travellers who pass through its gates
Herman Mashaba has shared a clip showing how his friend narrowly escaped what could have been a violent robbery.
In his social media post, the former Johannesburg mayor called for an increase in security at OR Tambo International Airport:
"My personal friend from Ghana survived this robbery at his house after arriving from the airport on New Year's Eve. Security at OR needs some closer attention, otherwise, such actions are an embarrassment to our country."
But the nation's largest airport is already well aware of criminals that follow travellers home after departing from their premises.
Briefly.co.za reported that suspects were arrested after a security company, contracted to do work at OR Tambo, had begun following a traveller home.
While this incident took place two years ago, the airport has frequently warned those who make use of its facilities to keep an eye out for any potential criminal that could be tailing them.
Over the Christmas period, the airport had made a point of bulking up on security, which resulted in some employees being exposed for their dodgy dealings.
The clampdown had seen 10 officials arrested after they were found in possession of stolen liquor and immediately fired from their posts at the airport.
In a statement on the situation, a spokesperson for the airport commented on the increased measures taken:
“Security has been ramped up with additional members being provided by the South African Police Service and licensed security contractors. Among the measures being taken are random stop and search operations of people working in and around the airport. Other measures include additional staff to monitor several hundred CCTV cameras in real time."
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