A woman was arrested at the OR Tambo International airport on Friday for allegedly trying to smuggle over R14 919 606 to Nigeria, the South African Revenue Services(Sars) said.

“The female passenger was summoned to Customs inspection site where she was requested to declare money in her two checked-in bags. She was unable to provide specific details of the origin of the money,” Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela said in a statement.

“Instead, she tried to bribe the two Customs officials with R1-million but the offer was declined. A search of the two bags found a final amount of R15,064,207.55.

Memela said the woman was handed over to the police and the goods were detained for further investigation.

Found in her possession is a South African and Nigerian International passports.

“International passengers should be aware that South African Reserve Bank regulations only allow an individual to carry an amount of R25 000 equivalent in currency or rands,” Memela said.

Anything over that must be declared with proper supporting or purchase documents from an authorised forex trader must be produced on enquiry.

She is expected to appear in court soon.

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