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Lebanese man busted with gold bars worth over R7 mln

The man, who was traveling to Dubai, was carrying gold bars weighing 23 kilograms at OR Tambo airport.

An ariel view of OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials have seized 20 gold bars worth more than R7 million at OR Tambo International Airport.

Yesterday, a Lebanese man traveling to Dubai, was found carrying gold bars weighing 23 kilograms.

Officials say he was initially stopped for attempting to leave the country without the necessary documentation.

A scan of his luggage later revealed the gold bars, for which he provided counterfeit invoices.

Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela says investigations are underway.

"Upon request, he produced self-generated invoices and he has since been handed over to the South African Police Services. He is expected to appear in court tomorrow."

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