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Zim Man Arrested At OR Tambo For Allegedly Trying To Smuggle Gold Worth R11m Into SA


By Tafadzwa Mutsotso

A Zimbabwean man was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg Saturday trying to smuggle gold worth R11 million.

The man yet to be named landed at OR Tambo airport with 23 pieces of gold which he did not declare and when challenged by the South African police it was discovered he didn’t have any legal papers to be in possession of or to transport Gold.

23 pieces of Gold were seized for further investigation and the man is expected to appear at Kempton Regional Court Monday morning facing charges of breaching the customs act 91 of 1974 and precious metals Act 37 of 2005.

Gold smuggling has been rampant in Zimbabwe.

Last year, the President of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation was intercepted at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare with 6 kgs of Gold in her hand bag just before boarding a flight to Dubai.

Amid the investigations Henrietta Rushwaya told investigators that she had picked to the wrong bag.

In January this year South African police arrested three suspects were arrested at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with gold bars weighing 73.5 kilograms (162 pounds) in their carry-on luggage.

The gold bullion, worth an estimated $4.1 million, looked suspicious when the three put their bags through a security check, according to the police.

“Upon questioning of the suspects and further inspection of their hand luggage, officials discovered the gold bars and some foreign currency,” said police spokeswoman Col. Athlenda Mathe.

“There is a possibility that money laundering and fraud charges will be brought against the three accused at a later stage,” said Mathe then.

The three Madagascar nationals, were traveling from Madagascar to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates via South Africa and Ethiopia.


Robert Tapfumaneyi


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