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Mbalula praises SAPS for arrests in ‘airport-following’ robberies case

Six suspects were arrested after police received a tip-off about a security vehicle following a sedan travelling from OR Tambo International Airport.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has congratulated South African Police Service (SAPS) members for arresting several suspects in connection with what has been dubbed the “airport-following” robberies, committed in and around the Johannesburg area.

Six suspects were arrested this weekend after police received a tip-off about a security vehicle following a sedan travelling from OR Tambo International Airport.

Criminals involved in these robberies usually follow groups from the airport to their next destination, where they rob them.

Mbalula says a recent change in the police leadership at the airport appears to be yielding positive results.

His spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said: “We’ve had good successes since the team was set up in July, obviously with the hiccup of the Dutch and Iran tourists.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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