"Staff with permits to work on the airside [the entire zone of an airport past customs control, passport check-in and security check zone] are not only subject to random stops and searches but are also subject to intensified searches at access points, both entering and leaving access-controlled areas.
"Baggage wagons and other vehicles being used airside are being randomly stopped, with drivers subject to questioning and inspections."
The security operations have so far also resulted in:
- The arrests of 10 people for contravening the Civil Aviation Act and for trespassing;
- Alcohol wrapped in blankets and thrown over a fence being handed to the SA Police Service for further investigation;
- Damaged fencing in an area where the alcohol was found during perimeter inspections, which has been repaired;
- Officers of a licensed security contractor apprehending two foreigners in toilets, who were found with fraudulent passports. They were handed over to the police and a case opened;
- Security officers apprehending a foreigner trying to enter SA illegally. He was arrested and handed over to the police;
- Workers for two contractors found removing items from an airside rubbish dump, arrested and handed over to the police; and
- A security officer employed by an international airline found with 47 bottles of liquor miniatures when stopped and searched. He was arrested and has appeared in court.
Maloka said airlines, ground-handling companies and law-enforcement agencies were collaborating extensively with airport managers to ensure a successful holiday season.
"We are cautiously optimistic that we are well-placed to mitigate security risks and maintain technical, engineering and IT systems to prevent unnecessary delays," she said.