An unnamed woman is currently cooling in the police net after she was nabbed trying to ship out a whopping R15m in US dollars (R14 919 606) out of South Africa on Friday.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS), said the woman was on her way to Dubai before luck ran out of her at the OR Tambo International Airport.
South Africans are not prohibited from travelling out with a large sum of money. But according to South African Reserve Bank regulations, individual are only permitted to leave the country with a maximum of R25 000 in foreign currency or rand.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the woman was caught with $1.08m million – which was carefully stuffed in her two checked-in bags. And when customs officials demanded a declaration of the large sum of money, she failed to say a word about its origin.
At this point, knowing fully well that she might be heading to the police net, she allegedly tried to bribe the officials. But the officers rejected her jaw-dropping bribe. The police were subsequently alerted and the money was confiscated by authorities.
Confirming the incidence, Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela said: “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.
Instead, she tried to bribe the two Customs officials with R1-million but the offer was declined. A search of the two bags found a final amount of $1 082 700.”
Memela also reminded South Africans and international passengers that declaration of asset with proper supporting or purchase documents from an authorised forex trader must be produced on enquiry before embarking on international trips.
Meanwhile, the woman is expected to appear in court soon.