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R78 million seized at OR Tambo raises terror suspicions

Claims have emerged that authorities are exploring the possibility that the R78 million which was confiscated at OR Tambo International Airport last month might have been on its way to a terrorist network.

(Also read our article: How groups such as Isis obtain funding for terrorism)

On August 28, customs officials at the airport apprehended five individuals who were in possession of R78 million in undeclared currency.

The individuals were on their way to Dubai and the Hawks are leading the investigation into this matter.

According to SA Revenue Services (Sars) spokesperson Luther Lebel, their unit had used their risk profiling mechanism to identify the passengers.

A particular senior passenger traveled from South Africa to the United Arab Emirates over a thousand times in one year. Once we profiled the passenger, we discovered that they were carrying all this money.

Luther Lebel, Spokesperson for Sars

Lebel said he cannot comment on the speculations surrounding the links to a terrorist network due to the current investigation.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

Director of African Operations at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Trac), Jasmine Opperman, said Isis has created a self-reliant tax system that has secured it a high level of income.

The contribution from independent financers is still taking place. Although Isis will grab any chance to get American dollars, the link to the organisation has not yet been explained.

Jasmine Opperman, Director of Trac Africa

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