SA student bust with R9m cash at OR Tambo airport faces music in court

On September 11‚ Saleh was arrested at OR Tambo International from where she was to depart for Hong Kong.

According to court documents‚ she was stopped by officials from the SA Revenue Service (Sars) who took her to the customs area. They opened her luggage in her presence and found $630‚700 (R9m).

When questioned‚ she said she was heading to Hong Kong to buy goods.

Saleh appeared in court last week shortly after her arrest and said she could afford bail of R10‚000. The court granted her bail of R20‚000 instead.

Following her arrest‚ Sars said in a statement that she had initially denied having the currency in her possession. But when questioned further she admitted to having a substantial sum of money in her backpack.

“She admitted that she was not the owner of the currency‚ nor could she provide any proof of ownership‚” the statement read.

Saleh’s matter was postponed to October 10 for state prosecutor Hleli Mcosini to consult with the Hawks and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Saleh quickly left the court building after the matter was postponed.

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