Instead of popping champagne on News Year's Day, a 40-year-old man was having his wrists handcuffed after being arrested for being in possession of counterfeit money in Limpopo.
The 40-year-old man was arrested on January 1 at a petrol station in Makhado.
Police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the man had been caught in possession of fake rand totalling R179 200 and counterfeit dollars totalling $149 300 (about R2.7m).
Officers pounced after receiving a tip-off that a vehicle travelling from Madombidzha village to Makhado was carrying counterfeit cash.
Ngoepe said the man's Mercedes-Benz was also seized.
The suspect is expected to appear in court on Thursday.
Ngoepe said they were investigating whether the 40-year-old was working with accomplices and for what he intended to use the counterfeit money.
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