South Africa’s Revenue Service has arrested two individuals after $568,489 (R6.7m )of undeclared foreign money was seized in baggage checked-in for a flight from Johannesburg to Dubai.
“Customs Officials at OR Tambo International Airport intercepted two passengers travelling to Dubai as they were about to board their flight [on Thursday],” the SA Revenue Service’s performing spokesperson Sicelo Mkosi mentioned on Sunday.
An inspection of their checked-in baggage discovered quite a few brown envelopes full of a complete of US $568 480 in varied denominations, positioned in between clothes objects.
The passengers have been taken to the police station and a prison case has been opened.
Mkosi mentioned additional particulars in regards to the passengers couldn’t be revealed at this stage, because the case was “very sensitive”.
The interception was a part of ongoing, “wider investigations” right into a syndicate, he mentioned.
Dubai is famend for apparently being a tax haven.
The metropolis has most lately been linked to the controversial Gupta household, and a Information24 investigation in 2017 uncovered a convoluted community of shell corporations that the household used to conduct enterprise there.
*Reported by Information24