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Five arrested over weekend for airport heist

Cape Times
Five suspects have apparently been arrested in connection with the multimillion rand robbery at OR Tambo International Airport.

According to a source close to the investigation, five men were arrested across Gauteng on Friday and Saturday. “One of them is a police officer, the other three are security who work at the airport, and a Zimbabwean national was also arrested,” said the source.

This comes nearly a week after the Acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, announced that four suspects, including a police officer, were arrested. Two of the four men taken in at the time appeared in the Kempton Park magistrate’s court on charges of armed robbery.

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Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi could not confirm the arrests, but said he was aware of a message on social media about the arrests.

“The information cannot be verified at this point, but the nation will be updated if there is a breakthrough in the case,” Mulaudzi said.

A total of 27 parcels of foreign currency, apparently amounting to R20 million, were taken when armed robbers travelling in a SAPS branded vehicle accessed a restricted section of the airport.

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