$9.3m in cash seized at Lanseria Airport

SARS confiscated $9.3m in cash from foreign nationals at Lanseria Airport.

FILE. SARS confiscated $9.3m in cash from foreign nationals at Lanseria Airport. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has confiscated about $9.3 million in cash at Lanseria Airport from three foreign nationals.

The money was seized on Friday as it was not declared and was above the prescribed legal limit for bringing cash into the country.

The matter has now been handed over to the police and the national investigations unit.

According to Rapport newspaper, the men were going to use the money to buy weapons.

It says the passengers were apparently acting on behalf of the Nigerian intelligence services, but this could not be confirmed by the country's authorities.

The paper says the group also had documents confirming they were in the country to buy weapons.

The national conventional arms control committee, which approves permits for the import and export weapons, says it's not aware of any applications made for such a transaction.