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OR Tambo gold bust: Two released on R250K bail

The duo were cornered last week after Customs officials seized the bars worth about R18 million.

FILE: The pair were released on R250,000 bail each in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Two people arrested for smuggling 37 kilograms worth of gold bars at OR Tambo International Airport have been released on R250,000 bail each in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court.

The duo were cornered last week after Customs officials seized the bars worth about R18 million hidden inside their luggage.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says the case has been postponed to 21 December.

"We still have their passports, but we have managed to ascertain that they have family in South Africa. They have been instructed not to travel until this matter has been finalised."

Last week, the South African Revenue Service busted a man trying to smuggle 48 gold bars concealed in his trousers at King Shaka International Airport.

Officials say the man was caught with the gold bars weighing 5,6kg while disembarking from a plane at the Durban airport from Dubai.

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