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Man arrested at OR Tambo for allegedly attempting to smuggle gold price R11m into SA

Items of gold discovered on a traveller.

Provided by Gauteng Hawks

  • An alleged smuggler is anticipated to seem in court docket for illegally possessing gold items.
  • The suspect, who was travelling from Zimbabwe to South Africa, was arrested at OR Tambo Worldwide Airport on Saturday.
  • He was allegedly present in possession of 23 items of gold estimated to be price R11 million.

SA Income Service officers have nabbed a person for allegedly making an attempt to smuggle 23 items of gold into South Africa.

He was caught at OR Tambo Worldwide Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Philani Nkwalase mentioned the 33-year-old suspect was arrested by the Hawks’ Severe Organised Crime Investigation Unit.

A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect had travelled from Harare in Zimbabwe to Johannesburg.

Nkwalase mentioned he was allegedly present in possession of 23 items of gold price R11 million.

“Upon arrival in South Africa, the traveller was requested to scan his baggage at worldwide arrivals’ customs part of the SA Income Service and 23 items of gold had been present in his baggage.

“He allegedly didn’t declare any objects and didn’t have any permits or licences to be in possession or transport gold and the Hawks had been referred to as to impact the arrest.”

The suspect is anticipated to seem within the Kempton Park Regional Court docket on 10 Could, the place he’ll face expenses of contravening Customs Act 91 of 1964 and Valuable Metals Act 37 of 2005.

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