Cops warn of ‘airport gang’s’ modus operandi

Johannesburg - They spotted the family at the airport, followed them home, and attacked them in the driveway.

That’s the theory behind an armed robbery this week that left 21-year-old Josephine Kalala dead.

File photo: Itumeleng English. Credit: Independent Newspapers

The second year marketing student from the DRC fetched her mother from OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday but was killed by a gang who held them up at gunpoint in the driveway when they got home. The robbers also made off with jewellery, luggage and $1 000 in cash (R11 220).

Police say they’ve launched a manhunt, and now everybody’s talking about “follow home” gangs. But it’s not the first time crimes of this nature have been reported. A rash of attacks last year led to talk of the “airport gang”.

Police said those crimes, too, targeted mostly African nationals who had just arrived back in the country and were attacked in driveways, robbed of their foreign currency:

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