Few revelations in South Africa’s explosive State Capture report elicited as much discussion as the R600,000 bribe in cash deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas was allegedly offered.
The report details: “As Mr Jonas was walking towards the door, Mr A. Gupta made a further offer of R600 million to be deposited in an account of his choice. He asked if Mr Jonas had a bag which he could use to receive and carry R600,000 in cash immediately, which he declined.”
So just how big a bag do you need for this kind of money?
Assuming that the highest denomination of South African rands was used, we worked out how tall a R600,000 stack of R200 notes would be. The answer – 36 cm, or about as tall as a computer screen.
So, if you divide R600,000 into stacks of R100,000 each, it would fit nicely into a plastic carrier bag. (A Woolworths one, of course. We’re talking Saxonwold here.)
See, we tested it. Check out the (improvised) evidence.
(Note: We tried to do this fact-check scientifically, but the Reserve Bank would not divulge the thickness of South Africa’s bank notes “for security reasons”, Charlotte Visagie in the bank’s currency management department told Africa Check.)
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