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Botswana police are investigating Simbi Phiri, a Malawian businessman based in South Africa, after he allegedly crossed the border with $886 000 (R11.8m) in cash in the boot of his car.

According to papers before the Botswana Court of Appeal, which City Press has obtained, Phiri did not declare R1.1m of the money to customs authorities when he crossed the Tlokweng border post near Gaborone – and, in so doing, allegedly violated the Customs and Excise Duty Act.

Botswana police picked up on this alleged breach after the full amount was deposited into the Botswana account of civil engineering company Khato Civils at Stanbic Bank on July 25.

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