At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 25 March 2006, an armed robbery took place at O.R. Tambo International Airport. The incident occurred on airside, where a South African Airways SA327 passenger aircraft from London Heathrow was parked. The valuable cargo involved was under escort at the time of the incident. No passengers were involved and no one was injured. Details around how the incident occurred, how much was stolen and who did it are under police investigation.
As part of ACSA’s security procedures, whenever an incident of this nature occurs, a thorough internal investigation is conducted and where required, remedial action is taken.
“The internal investigation with regards to the Saturday incident is currently is being conducted. In the interim, we have sensitised our security stakeholders and have placed them on high alert,” says Chris Hlekane, ORTIA General Manager.
“The situation is in hand and we are working closely with the South African Police Service, whom we are certain will make a breakthrough in their investigation. Aviation security is one of our key priority areas and we are confident that the security measures in place at all ACSA’s 10 airports country-wide are adequate. Our appeal to the airport users is that they should not be alarmed as operations at the airport have not been impacted by the incident,” Hlekane concludes.