Questions raised why nobody noticed OR Tambo airport heist

Authorities say they now know how many people were part of the gang that intercepted a consignment carrying high-value items due to be transported on one of the South African Airways (SAA) planes.

The Hawks and other law enforcement agencies have launched a high-level investigation into the robbery that took place at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday night.

SAA has also launched an independent investigation.

EWN reporter, Mia Lindeque, says officials have not revealed what was in the container or who it belonged to.

Before the criminals managed to get the consignment, it was under the airside of the airport. This is the area you need a credited access card to access, that side of the airport.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Research fellow at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Centre for Criminology, Dr Andrew Faull, says it raises questions that the consignment was able to be removed without anyone noticing.

It's a kind of thing that would require somebody on the inside or somebody with official access to allow the gang to get in there.

Dr Andrew Faull, post-doctorate research fellow at UCT

Listen to Dr Andrew Faull explaining why police need crime intelligence unit...

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Humane end for Benoni Bunny Park rabbits

Humane end for Benoni Bunny Park rabbits

Two thousand rabbits from the Benoni Bunny Park will be donated to the Johannesburg Zoo to feed the carnivores.

Activist commends police task force in Glebelands killings convictions

Activist commends police task force in Glebelands killings convictions

The Moerane Commission of Inquiry is continuing to find those involved in and responsible for political killings in KwaZulu-Natal

Journalist eye witness account: 'Myanmar is a humanitarian disaster'

Journalist eye witness account: 'Myanmar is a humanitarian disaster'

About 400 000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state to the border of Bangladesh to find refuge.

WC Transport MEC to kickstart a two week mediation amid Santaco leadership woes

WC Transport MEC to kickstart a two week mediation amid Santaco leadership woes

An illegal taxi strike turned violent when busses were set alight and stoned in Cape Town on Monday.

SAA's Tlali Tlali insists OR Tambo heist did not involve aircraft

SAA's Tlali Tlali insists OR Tambo heist did not involve aircraft

Law enforcement agencies investigate a robbery of alleged millions of rand at OR Tambo International Airport.

LISTEN: Eyewitness recounts what happened during OR Tambo Airport heist

LISTEN: Eyewitness recounts what happened during OR Tambo Airport heist

A group of young men allegedly using a police van made off with millions of rand at OR Tambo International Airport last night.

Popular articles
83 SANDF vehicles gone up in smoke

83 SANDF vehicles gone up in smoke

Vehicles belonging to the SANDF were destroyed in a fire at a vehicle depot at Wallmannstal Pretoria last week.

Signs your child could be suffering from anxiety

Signs your child could be suffering from anxiety

Counselling psychologist Nikole Seele says it is important to differentiate between healthy anxiety and debilitating anxiety.

Taxi Strike Cape Town: Buses torched, mayhem on the roads

Taxi Strike Cape Town: Buses torched, mayhem on the roads

EWN Reporter Kevin Brandt gives the latest updates on the taxi strike as protestors prevented commuters using alternative means of transport.

Rotten apples and root of corruption at Eskom revealed

Rotten apples and root of corruption at Eskom revealed

Eusebius McKasier and investigative journalists dissect looting of Eskom and capturing of other state owned enterprises.

"Robben Island has struggled to manage its ferries properly"

"Robben Island has struggled to manage its ferries properly"

Tourism Spokesperson Beverly Shafer, says that the Robben Island ferry's have been a problem for years.

Taxi Strike: Golden arrow bus torched in Delft, several stoned

Taxi Strike: Golden arrow bus torched in Delft, several stoned

Bronwen Dyke, Golden Arrow spokesperson confirmed that one of their buses were set alight.

Taxi strike damaging to the Western Cape economy

Taxi strike damaging to the Western Cape economy

Unathi Henama, transport economist at Tshwane University of Technology breaks down the negative effects of the taxi strike.