South African airport theft under review ahead of 2010 World Cup

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South African aviation authorities say twelve out of every 20 000 bags
are tampered with at South Africa’s airports every day. Pilferage from baggage at airports has been blamed on casual labourers who often sell them off in their “communities”.

Reports today say the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) head
of security, Jason Tshabalala, told Parliament’s portfolio committee
on transport this morning that baggage pilferage at South African
airports was well below the world benchmark.

“The world benchmark for baggage pilferage is one bag per 1 000 per
day, screened and handled by ground handling companies,” he is quoted
as telling Parliament on the state of readiness of airports for the
2010 World Cup.

Tshabalala said the target was to reduce pilferage to eight bags per
1 000 per day by 2010. He said that in most cases of theft out of luggage during international travel it has been found that the bag had already been
tampered with by the time it was registered on its system.

More cases

Many people who had experienced theft out of their luggage don’t bother to complain. “The bulk of people could be so gatvol [fed-up or irritated] that they don’t bother to make a report,” he said.

Investigations had shown that most goods that were stolen out of luggage were often taken back to “communities” and sold.

Pilferage from baggage at South Africa’s airports has become a very serious problem and airport authorities blame it on casual labourers employed by baggage handling companies at airports.

2010 World Cup  South Africa's preparation to host the games on African soil for the first time but also individual African countries' determination to take part in the historic event. Five African countries - Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa and Ghana - are selected to join twenty seven teams from around the world to battle it out on the football pitch for the gold trophy. One by one, the African teams are eliminated, but Africans will not be bogged down as they rally behind their compatriots on the wings of the vuvuzela, a far cry from the near diplomatic row between Algeria and Egypt during the qualifiers. Ghana are the last team to leave but not before African unity becomes reality...
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