South Africa 20.3.2017 05:39 pm

Cops confirm a policeman was arrested in OR Tambo cash heist case

At OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Valentina Nicol

At OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Valentina Nicol

A statement provided by the police says items seized during the investigation will be displayed in court.

Reports that five men were arrested and have appeared in court in relation to the OR Tambo cash heist were confirmed by the police today.

According to a statement, the five men appeared briefly in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court today, facing a charge of armed robbery.  The case has been remanded to the 28th  and 29th  March 2017 for a  bail application.

A policeman was among the five men arrested and police have stated they will take appropriate action against this person.

“We wish to reiterate our stance as the South African Police Service, that there is no place for corrupt or criminal elements in our organisation and this arrest sends a strong message that we will continue to investigate without fear or favour.

“Two men who were arrested within a week of the armed robbery are due to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court for a second time later this week.  They had been granted R50 000 bail each.”

“We congratulate the team on their hard work, a combination of intelligence gathering and old fashioned detective work.  Their efforts have culminated in the recent arrests and court appearance of those allegedly involved in the ORTIA robbery which we view as a serious security breach at a national key point,” said acting national police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane.

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