No arrest yet for OR Tambo heist

Kgomotso Phahlane at the press conference.

Police are still looking for a group of robbers who were involved in the OR Tambo International airport heist on Tuesday.

Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) said the robbery occurred around 19:45 on Tuesday night where armed perpetrators forced staff to lie on the floor.

According to reports, the robbers fled with 27 parcels of foreign currency together with an undisclosed amount of money.

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Acting national police commissioner LT Khomotso Phahlane said the vehicles used to commit the cash heist at the OR Tambo International airport were bogus.

“The vehicles did not belong to the SAPS and had fake police markings,” he said.

“Two bogus police vehicles were recovered in Mamelodi on Wednesday afternoon but the suspects are still on the run.”

Phahlane said extra security was added at the airport following the heist.

“We view the armed robbery in a serious light and can assure you that we are doing everything in our powers to catch those people.”

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He said police couldn’t rule out any collusion or the possibility of an inside job in the armed robbery.

“People will be interviewed including police, Absa employees and people that were present(during the heist). Please let’s be allowed the space to investigate,” he added.

One incident can not lead us to say airports are not safe, Phahlane said.

Bongani Maseko of ACSA said safeness couldn’t solely be the responsibility of Acsa and the police to provide security.

“We call on collective responsibility, it’s not just about police and security. We encourage the cargo operators to ensure extra security when they transport money,” Maseko added.

The amount of money stolen was not made public.

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