Armed Robbers at OR Tambo International Airport Make Off with Alleged R24-Million

An armed robbery took place at O.R. Tambo International Airport Tuesday evening, with reports indicating that R24-million was allegedly stolen from a plane. UPDATE: Bogus South African Police Cars Used for OR Tambo Airport Heist plus details of the armed robbery.

In a statement this evening, Airports Company South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport confirmed that an armed robbery had occurred at approximately 19h45… but they did not mention what was stolen.

The statement said: “No shots were fired and no injuries have been reported. The robbers fled and it is not known at this stage what, if anything, was taken during the incident.” 

However several news reports claimed that R24-million was stolen. In 2006 one of the biggest heists in South African history took place at the airport, with R100-million stolen.


South African Police Service (SAPS) and Airports Company South Africa are working closely with other security agencies to apprehend the suspects.

The statement said the investigation is at an early stage, and updates will be provided when more information is available.

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