R7-million currency bust at King Shaka Airport

An image of three suitcases in the scan.
An image of three suitcases in the scan.

THE South African Revenue Services (SARS) customs officials intercepted a consignment of currency worth R7-million at King Shaka International Airport in Durban on Sunday. This is the airport’s largest currency bust this year.

Customs officers together with a baggage handler became suspicious when three suitcases scheduled for loading onto a departing Emirates flight to Amman via Dubai were being removed from the international arrivals hall.

The confiscated luggage.

The confiscated luggage.

“Upon investigation, it was established that the owner of the bags requested a change on the bags’ final destination without making a declaration to Customs. When officials directed the bags for a luggage scan, the images identified were neither clothing nor personal items but South African Rand bank notes with a total of R7 049 320 in the suitcases,” the revenue service said in a statement.

“The passenger and consignment were handed over to SAPS for possible criminal prosecution.

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