OR Tambo heightens security as multi-million rand robbery details emerge

2017-03-09 06:55 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town – Airports Company South Africa says security measures around the airport have been heightened following the armed robbery on Tuesday evening in which "a bakkie with what appeared to be police markings" managed to breach restricted gate access at the airport

Added to this, security personal in the affected operations at South Africa's busiest airport have been replaced "as a precautionary measure while investigations continue".

Acsa says the vehicle posing as a police van pulled up at a restricted access gate, North Gate 1, closely followed by a white Ford Focus.

Sirens, blue lights and several armed men dressed as police

"Both vehicles had their sirens and blue lights activated. The vehicles were occupied by several armed men, some of whom were in South African Police Service (SAPS) uniforms.

"When requested to validate their credentials, the men produced firearms, rounded up security staff in the security checkpoint and ordered them to lie on the floor.

SEE: No injuries, flights unaffected after 'R24m' robbery at OR Tambo

"The robbers proceeded to gain access to the airside of the airport where they removed an undisclosed amount of money from a sealed container. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported."  

Undisclosed amount of money in sealed container

A high placed source told News24 on Tuesday that people in a marked police vehicle intercepted an amount estimated at R24m from an SAA flight. See News24's coverage here.

Acsa says the South African Police Service investigative task team comprising of Crime Intelligence, The Hawks and SAPS detectives are currently investigating this matter.

Two vehicles allegedly involved in the robbery have been recovered in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria and it has since been established that the bakkie had been made to look like an official police vehicle, it said.

The Hawks have called for the public to assist with any information relating to the multi-million rand armed robbery. Members of the public can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 with any information.

Acsa says further measures would be taken as necessary as the investigation unfolded.

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