By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
A zero-tolerance crackdown on crime and corruption is underway in South Africa's OR Tambo International Airport after five police officers there were prosecuted for corruption and another on drug charges. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula deployed specialized units at the airport in mid-July to identify and curb criminal activities there.
"OR Tambo is the first point of contact for our overseas clients, and we will do everything possible to ensure that their trip to our beautiful country is a safe and pleasant one," says Tharia Unwin, chief executive officer of PHASA. "For obvious reasons, improved security and zero tolerance for corruption and crime is in the best interest of not just our clients, but South Africa as a whole."Because hunters transporting guns have often been the target of corrupt officials wanting bribes, we asked Unwin what they should do in the new environment. Here are a few pointers she shared with us, along with reminders about how to travel with guns to South Africa.
"We strongly advise clients to make use of a meet-and-greet agency that can pre-apply for temporary firearm import/export or transit permits. These agencies know the law and are aware of short-notice changes in regulations. They also inform you exactly what you may or may not do prior to your trip. For a small fee, these agencies ensure that your paperwork is in order and obtained in advance, and this will add to a seamless travel experience to your hunting destination. In case of any problems, you will also have a local person on hand who knows the setup at the airport and who can assist you....