Gold smuggling suspect released on bail
TASHINGA Nyasha Masimire, the 33-year-old man arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle 23 pieces of gold worth R11 million into South Africa from Zimbabwe, was yesterday granted R100 000 bail.
Hawks national spokesperson Philani Nkwalase said Masimire’s release on bail came with strict conditions.
“The alleged smuggler appeared and the matter was postponed to July 1. The suspect was granted R100 000 bail with stringent conditions,” Nkwalase said. “Some of the conditions include that he should not leave South Africa; he also has to report to the nearest police station at least three times a week.”
Masimire was arrested by SA Revenue Service officials after landing at OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park on Saturday.
Nkwalase said that at the time, Masimire was allegedly found in possession of 23 pieces of gold worth R11 million.
“Upon arrival in South Africa, the traveller was requested to scan his luggage at the international arrivals’ customs section of the SA Revenue Service, and 23 pieces of gold were found in his luggage,” Nkwalase said.
“He allegedly failed to declare any items and did not have any permits or licences to be in possession of, or transport, gold, and the Hawks were called to effect the arrest.”
Masimire is facing charges of contravening the Customs Act 91 of 1964 and the Precious Metals Act 37 of 2005.
Last year, former Zimbabwe Football Association chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya was arrested at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare on allegations of trying to smuggle 6kg of gold to Dubai.
Rushwaya was arrested after the gold was found in her hand luggage during a search at check-in. |