Man busted with almost R14m in forex at OR Tambo airport

27 February 2019 - 13:34 By TimesLIVE
American dollars. File photo.
American dollars. File photo.
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A suspected currency smuggler has been found in possession of $997,750, which equates to about R13.8m, by customs officials at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said its officers stopped the passenger on Monday evening.

He had a backpack, which was searched. He admitted to having one bag which had been checked in for the flight. Officers then retrieved this checked-in luggage. 

"During the interview, he admitted to be in possession of foreign currency, but he attempted to downplay the amount. It was, however, discovered that most of the foreign currency had been concealed at the bottom of two bags," said Sars.

He was arrested after he "failed to provide a credible explanation for the currency".