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Suspected smuggler to appear before the Kempton Park regional court on Monday after he was found in possession of R11million in gold at OR Tambo airport

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A suspected smuggler has been arrested and expected to appear before the Kempton Park regional court on Monday after was nabbed at the OR Tambo International Airport travelling from Zimbabwe with 23 pieces of gold worth an estimated R11m in his luggage.

The young man was arrested by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation team on Saturday afternoon.

He was requested to scan his luggage at the international arrivals Customs section of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), where 23 pieces of gold were allegedly found on his luggage.

The 33-year-old man allegedly failed to explain the authenticity of the items in his possession and did not have any permit or licence to be in possession to transport gold.

The Hawks were called to effect the arrest and further investigate.

The preliminary investigation by the Hawks revealed that the suspect travelled from Harare, Zimbabwe to Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 23 pieces of gold worth R11 million were seized for further investigation.

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