Mozambique: Laundered Cash Confiscated By South African State

Cash that was seized at the Mozambique-South Africa border on Christmas day has been forfeited to the South African state on the grounds that it was proceeds from unlawful activity.

Two Mozambicans, Assane Momad and Abdul Ahmed, were stopped at the Lebombo border post after the South African police received an anonymous tip-off about the smuggled money. When they searched the men’s car, a Toyota Hilux, the police found the money, in dollar, euro and rand banknotes, concealed in a hidden compartment. In total, the officials seized nearly 5 million US dollars, 22,170 euros and 20,000 rand.

According to a report in the South African newspaper “Pretoria News”, this was one of the largest cash seizures ever carried out by the National Prosecution Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.

The National Prosecution Authority has stated that Momad and Ahmed were en route to OR Tambo International Airport, where the cash was going to be flown to Dubai.

The two men are awaiting trial in South Africa. In parallel, prosecutors in Mozambique are looking into the origins of the cash.

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique.