Man nabbed at airport with R11m in gold pieces

Source: Man nabbed at airport with R11m in gold pieces | Herald (Top Stories)

JOHANNESBURG. — A 33-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Kempton Park regional court today after being arrested at the OR Tambo International Airport with 23 pieces of gold — worth an estimated R11 million — in his luggage.

The Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation team made the arrest on Saturday, after the man, who was travelling from Zimbabwe, was requested to scan his luggage at the SA Revenue Service’s custom section at international arrivals, police said in a statement.

“He allegedly failed to declare any items and did not have any permits or licences to be in possession or transport gold and the Hawks were called to effect the arrest and conduct further investigation,” police said.

The preliminary investigation by the Hawks revealed that the suspect travelled from Harare in Zimbabwe to Johannesburg. 

The 23 pieces of gold were seized for further investigation. — AFP.


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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 1 month ago

    Gold is taken to South Africa for the simple reason that it sells for about USD 1850 per oz there. In Zimbabwe the ZANUPF controlled RBOZ only pay you about 1400 USD and mostly in the unwanted RTGS dollars or ZW dollars.
    Simple economics and no need for a Univ of ZW degree to be able to understand that comrades.