The South African police has arrested a Pakistani man who was trying to smuggle foreign currency to the value of R10 million out of OR Tambo International Airport.
The 60-year-old Pakistani man, who was boarding an Emirates flight to Dubai on Tuesday, was arrested police officials who were conducting a routine search at a departure check-in point.
Hawks spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mulamu says travellers are only allowed to carry a maximum of R150,000 in cash when travelling abroad.
“They recovered US dollars worth R10 million that was consoled within the suspect’s travelling bag. The Pakistani man was arrested instantly at the airport.”
Related to this, is the report of a R60 million worth of counterfeit goods being seized during a raid in the Johannesburg city centre.
The report of the counterfeit goods came after the state police searched 120 shops on Tuesday and discovered and confiscated bags of cosmetics, accessories and clothes. This brought the busy area was brought to a standstill.
Protected brands including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Adidas were confiscated from all those relevant shops, says the Hawk’s Captain Ndivhuho Mulamu.
A man was also arrested after trying to bribe authorities while another seven were apprehended for not having legal documents to be in the country.
The police has also announced the killing of one of its officials who was responding to a business robbery in Jeppe, Johannesburg.
Giving the sad news to news media on Wednesday, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said members were conducting vehicle and foot patrols when they acted on information of a business robbery at a plastic shop in Jeppe.
Sergeant Andries Mabena and two members travelling in a BMW police vehicle arrived at the shop and went inside to view CCTV footage of the robbery.
“It is while the members were on patrol when they spotted two African males who matched the description of the suspects,” Peters said.
Peters said the two police members got out of the vehicle and followed one of the suspects, while Mabena pursued the second suspect.
The suspect then opened fire on Mabena, killing him.
No arrests have so far, been made.