R24 Million Heist at OR Tambo International Airport

2017-03-15 11:01 Michael Mokoena

OR Tambo International Airport
The second robbery of R24 million at OR Tambo International Airport has left the police meandering around about how was it possible for the heist to ensue.

It is said police at OR Tambo International Airport were given a warning of the heist but failed to react simply because they failed to answer their phones. Officials denied the statement saying no warnings were given.

"We have damning information that what really happened is being covered up... that warnings were received but not acted on by senior police management," South African Police Union President Mpho Kwinika said.

On Tuesday evening the Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Kgomotso Phahlane announced that a police officer is among the four people arrested in connection with the heist at OR Tambo International Airport. The commissioner refused to comment on the identity of the four people who had already been arrested.

"We have resolved as law-enforcement agencies to work in ensuring the perpetrators of this crime are brought to book. Within a week of investigations and interviewing people of interest we can confirm that four people have been taken for questioning," Acting Commissioner Phahlane said.

Two of the four man have already been arrested appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and were granted a bail of R50 000 each. The commissioner added that more arrests are expected and the marking which were on the bogus police vehicle were not on a normal police vehicles, so it can not be ruled to be an inside job yet.

At this stage not much information in connection to the OR Tambo heist has been given to the media. The only apparent information is; the warning given to officials, four nameless perpetrators, the involvement of the police officer, suspects were from Lesotho and more arrests are expected.

The two man that already appeared in court on Tuesday are expected to appear in court again later this week.

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