NATIONAL NEWS - A water-skier who had just come out of the water said he was walking to shore when he spotted the box, Capital Newspapers reports.
“We were skiing between Hobie Point and Morgenzon, and the water was about a metre and a half deep when I saw the box. I thought initially that it was a tool box that had fallen off someone’s boat, so I pulled it out. It was padlocked and really heavy.”
He said he had a momentary thought that it might contain a body.
“I was a bit nervous to open it but I broke the padlock so I could see what was inside, and it was packed with notes. They were all R100 notes. I must confess that at first I thought they were real, but when we let them dry out a bit, we noticed they had a black tinge, and also no water mark, so we could see they were not real.”
He said it seemed strange that the person who had left it there had not burned the notes if they were obviously a “bad batch”. “It would have been easier to burn them than to drop the box in the water.”
He estimated the box had been in the water for about a week. “There was no rust, and the padlock was still shiny.”
He phoned the police and the Hawks team has taken the trunk and its contents to their PMB offices for further investigation.