Twitter detectives scrutinise 'breakthrough' in airport heist case

South Africans on Twitter are skeptical about the latest developments relating to the OR Tambo Airport heist.

Five more suspects have been arrested after four others were picked up last week.

It's reported that about R20 million worth of foreign currency was taken in the heist.

TimesLive reported that the arrest came after one of the suspects posted a picture of his apparently new Lamborghini online.

But some tweeps feel there is more to the story than meets the eye.

Twitter detectives (or conspiracists) claim that the man nabbed for posing in front of the Lamborghini is innocent.

Some insist that the unnamed man has owned the R5 million vehicle for at least two years, and others suggest that the police are on a wild goose chase.

Below are some of the serious and silly Twitter responses:

Meanwhile, Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has asked for space to conduct the investigation.

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