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Arrest of Satawu members at Cape Town International Airport
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 | 00:00

The South African Police Service (SAPS) this morning arrested 36 members of Satawu at Cape Town International Airport. Since Monday (27 October 2003), Satawu members demonstrated at Cape Town International, in direct contravention of the National Keys Point Act No 102 of 1980 as amended.

Satawu members were warned by the SAPS repeatedly not to demonstrate outside the designated area agreed upon and not to engage in unlawful conduct. This area is the island between the approach road traffic lights and the public parking.

In deciding on suitable picketing areas, cognisance was given to the stringent legislative requirements, particularly the National Key Points Act. The Act is applicable to the Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban international airports and essentially makes provision for possible intervention in the running of the airport by a statutory body, the NKP protecting unit.   

In terms of section 10 (1) and (2a and 2b) of the NKP Act, conduct prejudicially affecting the security of a National Key Point shall include any act committed by any person which otherwise, whether it is an offence in terms of the law, or is committed culpably, or not, causes loss, damage, disruption or immobilisation of a National Key Point and thereby prejudicially affecting the security of the National Key Point, or which is likely to bring about such effect.

Therefore, any person or group of people, who are loitering in the areas of Cape Town International access roads or on the premises disrupting persons attempting to enter for travelling or business purposes, throwing stones into Cape Town International premises, protesting with banners, physically interfering with the visitors and vehicles, damaging vehicles, attempting to forcibly enter the property of Cape Town International Airport, must be arrested or moved to a mutually agreed upon designated area where they cannot disrupt the business activities at access roads.
For further details, contact Inspector Heynes of the SAPS on 083 948 2851.

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