Two suspects appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for possession of over R21 million in suspected stolen money, police said.
Police spokesperson, Captain Philani Nkwalase, said Baig Mahomed, 25, and Mahomed Hoosen, 50, were charged with possession of suspected stolen money or proceeds of crime in connection with the total of R21.1 million recovered at Bloemfontein airport on Tuesday.
A total of R12 million of the money was in US dollars, while the rest was in South African currency.
“The Hawks, along with the police swiftly acted on information about the duo that had four big travelling bags full of cash notes. The duo was intercepted by the police at the airport before catching a flight to Cape Town,” said Nkwalase.
Preliminary investigation revealed that they drove from Durban to Bloemfontein prior to their arrest.
Furthermore, it was established that Baig had a previous conviction for possession of dagga in 2010.
The case against the duo was postponed to Tuesday for bail application and they remained in police custody.
– African News Agency