As intimated before, calls for a thorough investigation into the string of attacks on tourists and locals leaving OR Tambo International Airport can no longer be ignored - or treated as though they are an exaggeration.
That the Tourism Business Council of SA has added its voice to the growing public outcry over security at the airport, shows just how serious and widespread the concern is.
The council's chief executive, Mmatsatsi Marobe, has called for a crime-fighting unit such as the Scorpions to lead investigations into the incidents. Her call also follows international alerts issued by the US, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand, casting doubt on the safeness of the country's biggest airport.
Continued denials from the police and Airports Company SA are becoming less convincing against the tide of increasing reports of similar attacks almost weekly. Denials and counter-accusations are simply counter-productive, given the over-arching imperative to protect the image of the airport and sustain the steady traffic of millions of tourists using the facility annually.
A summit to review and jack up security at our airports is long overdue, as is high-level government intervention to ensure this problem does not recur until 2010.