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S/African airport heist case postponed as probe continues

Five men accused of being involved in the daring cash heist of US$15 million at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport two weeks ago have appeared at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on a charge of robbery.Suspects France Manaka‚ Simon Thlokwane‚ Prince Raphael Dube‚ Sibusiso Mnisi and Thando Sonqishe‚ aged between 30 and 40 years‚ were arrested at the weekend and made their first court on Monday for allegedly stealing the cash from a secure safe at OR Tambo using a fake police vehicle.

Following their appearance, all five accused were remanded into custody for further investigation and will appear again on 28 and 29 March for a formal bail application, according to court proceedings.

Two other accused‚ Mosiwa Muthame and Khulekani Sibanda‚ appeared last week and will appear again on Friday. Muthame and Sibanda were both released on bail of US$4,000 each.

Published on 28.04.2020

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