SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE CHIEF REFUTES REPORTS OF POLICE INVOLVEMENT IN AIRPORT HEIST

Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane has refuted reports that the police were involved in the multi-million heist at Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport on Tuesday.

Responding to allegations that marked police vehicles were allegedly used for the crime, Phahlane told the media Thursday that the vehicles linked to the crime had fake police markings.

He was updating the nation on the robbery at Africa’s biggest and busiest airport where a group of armed men masquerading as police officers held up security staff and stole an undisclosed amount of money from a sealed container.

Two vehicles used in the robbery have since been found at Mamelodi, east of Pretoria. High level investigators made up of police, the priority crimes unit, the Hawks, and intelligence are leading the probe.

Although details of investigations remain sketchy the police are investigating the possibility of an inside job.

Phahlane said: “When they reported that there was a police vehicle, it was reported with so much confidence, as if that vehicle is verified as a police vehicle. Now that we have recovered the vehicle, and made it known that the vehicles are not police vehicles, less is being said about it, contrary to the (earlier) hullabaloo. It is important for people not to jump to conclusions with limited information.”

The latest robbery at OR Tambo comes as no surprise to many. Similar robberies were recorded in 2016. But the police and the airport authorities are adamant the airport remains safe.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK