The SAPS has reported that a group of Iraqi diplomats were held at gunpoint in northern Johannesburg on Thursday night and robbed of their belongings.
The victims were driving from OR Tambo International Airport to their hotel when they were ambushed at the Corlett Drive off-ramp.
One of them was injured in the attack and the thieves made off with a number of valuables including cash and jewellery.
It’s also understood that the victims contacted the Iraqi ambassador at the crime scene.
The police’s Vish Naidoo says: “I can confirm that there were seven visitors, they were in the country since Tuesday this week.
“They were returning from the Eastern Cape back to Gauteng when they were accosted at Corlette Drive.”
Last month, 36 Dutch tourists were robbed, also while travelling from OR Tambo International Airport to Fourways.
In that incident, a man dressed in a police uniform stopped the bus the elderly tourists were travelling in and four of his accomplices participated in the robbery.
These robberies follow a supposed martial plan implemented by Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, to combat the high incident rate of crimes in the OR Tambo Airport district.
The amount of organised and armed crime in the area has soared as of late, with various robberies, kidnappings and even in-transit assassinations.
Mbalula has spoken vehemently on the negative reputation the country receives from crime, specifically in this area.
Investigations into this most recent event are yet to be concluded.