BID TO SMUGGLE TWO MILLION RAND OF SOUTH AFRICAN CURRENCY FOILED

CAPE TOWN–The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has foiled a bid to smuggle nearly two million Rand (about 162,000 US dollars) out of the country.

The 1,946,802 Rand was found hidden in the luggage of a South African man en route to Dubai, said the Chief Officer of Customs and Excise, Teboho Mokoena, on Saturday.

As part of our integrated operations, the possible smuggling of currency was successfully detected by our officers. We have noticed recently that passengers who normally use OR Tambo International Airport (in Johannesburg) to try and take out currency, have started rerouting via other ports. This is why it is important that all of our units work closely together to prevent this from happening, said Mokoena.

Mokoena said the airport received a tip-off from Customs officials at OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) about the man. Once at the Cape Town Airport, the man was stopped by Customs officials and members of the Detector Dog Unit as he was about to embark on the flight to Dubai.

The revenue service said one of the detector dogs reacted positively to the luggage and the bag was opened up and searched. Customs officials then discovered 10 packets of currency hidden among his clothing.

The case of the failure to declare the dollars when departing the country has been handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for further investigation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK