A 38-year-old South African citizen was arrested on Wednesday at the Cape Town International Airport after he was found with two suitcases filled with over R10 million in cash, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, better known as the Hawks, said.

“The suspect was allegedly from Pietermaritzburg on route to the United Arab Emirates via Cape Town. Customs officials impounded just over R10 million and the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit members were summoned to the scene for further investigations,” said spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha.

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“He is expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, October the 12th, facing charges of contravening Sec (15) of the Customs and Exercise Act 91/1994 (failure to declare),” said Ramovha, adding that the money comprised South African and foreign currency.

Acting Provincial Head of the Hawks, Brigadier Neil Oliver, said: “Obviously our probe in this will be to determine the trail and origin of the money. We cannot rule out unearthing illicit activities as we go along.”

– African News Agency (ANA)