Customs seizes almost R10m in US currency from local student

US$63 000 was confiscated from a local student by customs at Ortia.

A South African student was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport earlier this week for smuggling and failing to declare almost R10 million in US currency.

South African Revenue Service (Sars) customs officers intercepted the student as her flight was about to depart to Hong Kong and she initially denied having any currency in her possession.

According to a Sars statement, she was led to the customs search area, placed in an interview room, and after further questioning admitted to carrying the substantial amount of money in her backpack. She then claimed that she was not the owner of the currency but could not provide any proof of ownership.

Customs has registered a criminal case with the South African Police Service and the student appeared in court yesterday.

“Sars remains appreciative of the constructive collaboration between Acsa, SAPS, DPCI, the Asset Forfeiture Unit and the State Security Agency, which is yielding positive results in the fight against the scourge of illicit financial flows,” said Customs and Excise acting chief officer, Beyers Theron.

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