PRETORIA, President Jacob Zuma says the South African government is concerned about a spate of attacks on foreign nationals entering the country through Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, the country’s main international aviation gateway.
He was speaking at a ceremony to unveil a statue of former African National Congress (ANC) leader Oliver Tambo after whom the airport is named as part of the OR Tambo centenary celebrations. The president had declared 2017 as the Year of OR Tambo and the month of October will culminate in the centenary celebrations in Mbizana in Eastern Cape Province.
When OR Tambo returned to South Africa after 30 years of exile, his first port of entry was the then Jan Smuts Airport.
It was later to be renamed Johannesburg International and then OR Tambo International.
About 21-million visitors have already passed through OR Tambo International Airport so far this year and the issue of crime at the airport has not escaped the president’s attention.
The unveiling of the 2.5-metre tall statue is part of the centenary celebrations of OR Tambo. Next week on the 27th, a day when he would have turned 100, the country will converge in his birthplace of Mbizana to honour his memory.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK