Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) says it’s working closely with the South African Police Service and other law enforcement agencies to arrest those behind a brazen robbery at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday night.
It’s understood a gang made its way into the airport and stole the money from a South African Airways plane.
It’s alleged more than R20 million was taken, but neither the Hawks nor the police have confirmed this.
While a high-level investigation continues, acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane has assured travellers that their safety remains a priority.
His spokesperson Athlenda Mathe says, “The acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane deployed a team of investigators and our crime intelligence unit on the ground to get the facts and thoroughly investigate what exactly happened.”
Although no one was harmed during the events and normal traffic of passengers has resumed at the airport, security has clearly been stepped up.
Mathe says, “We’re not in a position to speak further on the matter until we’ve more facts. We can confirm that we’re working alongside the Airport Company of South Africa.”
Private security guards in blue uniforms are now stationed at the arrivals terminal. There’s also a visible increase in police officers patrolling other terminals.
Phahlane's office says he will convene a press briefing later today to give an update on the investigation.