THE SA Revenue Service confiscated about R3-million worth of gold bars that were being smuggled into the country through the King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal.
SARS spokesman Sandile Memela said that the discovery was made last week when the gold was found in the pockets and a moneybag of a male passenger who was hiding it under a Kurta, worn over his clothing.
“The luggage of the passenger, disembarking from Dubai, was searched in the common search room after being profiled by the customs passengers team,” he said.
Memela said that nothing untoward had been found in his luggage but the “bulging pockets” under his Kurta triggered customs to search him. “He (the customs official) found 48 gold bars weighing 5.6kg in the passenger’s pockets and a money bag wrapped around his waist.”
Memela said that the case was under investigation and the suspect had not yet appeared in court.
In another incident, Durban Customs officials found R310000 worth of ecstasy tablets hidden in a parcel that had been posted from Netherlands to Durban.