5 in court for dramatic 22-minute OR Tambo heist

The suspect who posed with a Lamborghini appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday. Picture: Twitter

Blue Valley Estate. The latest suspects arrested over the weekend in connection with the OR Tambo multi-million heist were on Monday remanded in custody.

The suspects briefly appeared at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court and the prosecutor requested postponement for further investigations and bail application.

Accused number 3, 4, 5 will appear on the March 29 and accused 6 and 7 on the March 28.

Last week accused 1 and 2  were granted bail of R50 000 bail and are due to appear again on Friday, March 24. One of these accused is a police officer. Two others were taken in for questioning and while there has been no police confirmation have not yet been charged.

So far the arrests made over the weekend include:

Suspect 3: A 30-year-old security officer who worked where the money was kept at the volt was arrested in Soshanguve.

Suspect 4: A 39-year-old GuardForce security officer.

Suspect 5: A 40-year-old Zimbabwean who was allegedly responsible for cloning the police vehicle.

Suspect 6: A 39-year-old security guard was found in possession of Lamborghini worth R5m and an undisclosed amount of cash. He has been identified in some reports as the heist’s kingpin.


Suspect 7: A perimeter guard who works at OR Tambo.


It would seem that every group involved in the security and transport of the foreign currency was infiltrated by the gang involved in the 22-minute dramatic heist.

The suspect, who was found with Lamborghini, is according to reports a security guard and is considered in some reports as the kingpin. He was arrested a few hours after he had posted a photo of himself and his friend posing with the Lamborghini at Blue Valley Estate in Midrand.

The guard is one of the seven suspects arrested so far for the heist that occurred at OR Tambo International Airport on March 7 in which R20-million in foreign currency was stolen.

According to reports a large amount of money was also seized during the arrest.

The Hawks would not confirm or deny the arrest, but police have said investigations are ongoing. 

– Mandisa Magwaza