Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane won’t be drawn on whether more suspects have been arrested in connection with the multimillion-rand heist at OR Tambo International Airport, saying officers must be given the space to conduct their investigation properly.
Information has emerged suggesting police have made a major breakthrough in the case following the arrest of four people last week.
Foreign currency was taken in the heist, it’s understood that a Lamborghini and a substantial amount of money have since been seized.
But Phahlane has refused to go into details about the investigation.
“I’ve seen even some pictures even on social media. Can people just allow us to conduct an investigation and at a point where we’ve got something credible to come back to mention and report we’ll do so.”
The suspects are believed to be from different areas including Soshanguve and Kempton Park.
The Hawks and police have declined to confirm or deny the arrests.
The money was taken by a gang posing as police. They robbed a container, making off with the currency.
Last week, Phahlane said he expected more arrests in connection with the brazen robbery at the airport following the appearance in court of two men in connection with the case.
At the time Phahlane said two more people are also being questioned in connection with the crime - one of them is a police officer.
He said it was clear that those who were tasked with securing the targeted section failed to do so, but added that there was no reason to doubt the competency of the authorities who were responsible for securing the airport.