Twitter talks security after OR Tambo International heist

or tambo international heist twitter

Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport was last night the scene of an estimated US$15-million heist.

According to airport operator ACSA, the “armed robbery” took place around 7.45pm on Tuesday evening.

“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,” the operator adds.

The SAA flight transporting the goods was due to travel to London.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali explained that the incident “happened at a time before the consignment, which contained high-value items, was due to be loaded into the aircraft”.

Details of the incident soon hit social media, with #ORTamboRobbery still trending at the time of writing.

OR Tambo robbery? Where was the security?

ACSA has announced that it would increase the security presence in the wake of the heist, but that hasn’t appeased some on the internet.

ACSA and the South African Police Service are currently investigating the incident.

OR Tambo International is Africa’s “biggest and busiest airport”, and sees more than 19-million passengers traverse its terminals yearly. In 2014, 390 000 tons of air cargo passed through the airport.

H/T: EWN, Times LIVE

Andy Walker, former editor


Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest in digital insights. sign up

Welcome to Memeburn

Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest in digital insights.