A woman was arrested at the OR Tambo International airport on Friday for allegedly trying to smuggle over a million US dollars (nearly R15 million) to Dubai.
“The female passenger was summoned to Customs inspection site where she was requested to declare money in her two checked-in bags. She was unable to provide specific details of the origin of the money,” Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela said.
“Instead, she tried to bribe the two Customs officials with R1million but the offer was declined. A search of the two bags found a final amount of $1 082 700.”
Memela added that SA Reserve Bank regulations only allow an individual to carry an amount of R25 000 equivalent in currency or rands.
Anything over that must be declared with proper supporting documents.
The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.