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8/4/2022 2:00 AM
is the fic doing a money laundering action againg genesis mining? i have a letter that shows the fic is doing so id like some clearification on this please, they asking members to pay R1000 to release thier accounts and money
8/4/2022 2:00 AM
Kindly assist with the email addresses for the office of the head of your organisation. There is an M&E related communication that needs to be sent to your organisation from the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME).
7/18/2022 5:00 PM
Hello Simangaliso, my name is Thati from POWER FM, a talk radio in JHB. I produce POWERTalk with Lerato Mbele. I would like to request an interview with you for tomorrow, 19 July 2022 at 10:30am about Illicit Financial Flows and Greylisting. We wanted to look at where were are as a country, how much money has been lost, what measures are currently there to help fight this and greylisting (what it is and it's impact on the country). The interview is for 25 minutes and we can do it via the phone. Thank you for considering our request.
7/18/2022 2:00 AM
I'm doing an article on the FATF deadline and SA's readiness in terms of combating money laundering and terrorist finance. In this regard, and with the October 2021 FATF report on SA in mind, I have the following questions:
1. In the FATF report, it is mentioned that: "Understanding of terrorist financing (TF) risks is underdeveloped and uneven. Some ML risks are being mitigated but some significant risks remain to be addressed. TF risks are not being adequately addressed." (p.3) What is the FIC's capacity in combating terrorist financing? Is there a dedicated unit? And what is the FIC's response to the FATF concerns?
2. How successful has the implentation of ant-money laundering and counter-terrorist-financing measures for high-risk sectors, such as estate agents, law firms and jewelery dealers been? How is the FIC increasing the compliance of these high-risk sectors?
My deadline is Monday, 18 July 2022, at noon.
12/7/2022 2:00 AM
My name is Tirelo Phulwane from the Special Investiaging Unit. I am trying to get hold on Adv. Khanyile for the inviation sent to her regarding the SIU's 25th Anniversary celebration. The offie line is not going through and I need the confrimation ASAP. The event is for the 14th July 2022.
7/1/2022 2:00 PM
I've sent media questions on Wednesday (29 June 2022) regarding the final Zondo Report alluding to certain conduct by the banking sector, and asking if the FIC will investigate if some banks contravened the act. Can you please confirm you have received it and are working on answers to my questions?
6/28/2022 2:00 PM
Radio 786 would like to conduct a radio interview with a member of the FIC to discuss the incidences of money laundering in South Africa.
Date: 29 June 2022
Format: live, telephonic
Host: Tashreeq Truebody
6/20/2022 8:35 PM
6/17/2022 8:00 PM
Has the Auditor General referred disclaimer municipalities to the FIC for investigation?
What happens next?
What will the FIC do with its findings?
How long will the investigations take?
Is this the first time disclaimer municipalities have been referred to the FIC for investigation?
6/13/2022 4:05 PM
I would like to speak to someone who can tell us about money laundering.
How deep is the rot?
How do criminals get away with it?
How does it affect you?
The interview will be tonight at 19:15 live with Sally Burdertt.
6/13/2022 2:00 AM
Greetings FIC Marketing Team
I trust this email finds you.
My name is Tebogo Mashiane, Account Executive for MSG Group Sales, representing POWER 98.7 FM and CAPRICORN FM respectfully.
I would to contact you regarding hosting a Brand Activation and Educational series on our radio station ahead of Savings Month in July 2022.
Please contact me and I can present our broadcasting portfolio and the actaul campaign.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
6/7/2022 5:00 PM
What is the limit in terms of FICA for cash transactions? What is the limit above which transactions of this nature need to declared, and with what accompanying information. Will the FIC be investigating whether President Cyril Ramaphosa complied with these requirements in accepting cash for a livestock sale?
5/31/2022 2:00 AM
Please note that on your website we cannot check case studies?
Please advise as it give a 404 ERROR issue.
6/6/2022 2:00 PM
I can't withdraw money in my bank account
5/14/2022 2:00 AM
Permission to upload your branded training presentations, videos and podcasts onto the Compliance Metaverse which is open online content library for compliance professionals in Africa. It is free of charge and serves as an initiative to educate and upskill compliance professionals.
4/21/2022 5:30 PM
1. How often have the banks chosen to close bank accounts before reporting to the FIC?
2. When does the FIC move to freeze funds in a bank account, is it immediately when the banks report suspicious activity or is it after investigations uncover evidence of suspicious activity?
3. Would you say the banks’ move to close accounts before reporting suspicious activity to the FIC is in breach of the FIC Act?
4. How does the banks' reliance on contactual law affect the FIC’s processes?
5. Considering the Sekunjalo Group situation that involves at least 43 other entities, which is in the news now, would you say the banks followed the correct process in moving to close those bank accounts?
6. Has the FIC had a chance to institute investigations into the Sekunjalo Group and related entities?
7. The banks are even closing personal accounts of executives and directors of the various companies related to the Sekunjalo Group. Is this in line with the FIC Act?
4/28/2022 7:00 PM
I am a global investigative editor with the Organised Crime & Corruption Reporting Project. We received a large tranch of data involving illicit and illegal activity between SA lion bone suppliers to buyers that form part of an organised crime network in Asia, operating between Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Please find questions below. The deadline is 28th April at 5 pm SAST.
1. Documentary evidence shows that bone suppliers invoice Asian buyers for between 2 to 10 percent of the actual value of exports. Most examples list R500 to R1000 as the unit price whereas the actual value is around US$2000. In 2017 alone, data involving 450 skeletons were under invoiced by a handful of suppliers by R980 000. The under-invoiced values are also falsely listed on customs documents. This lion bone will ultimately be sold for $100 minimum per 2-4 grams as bone stock, jelly or other "healthcare" products in China, indicating a more than 5000 percent price increase.
What are the reasons behind lion bone suppliers under-valuing the exports with regards to taxes, profit shifting and perhaps staying below customs radar?
What financial laws does this action violate as predicate crimes?What role should banks play in identifying this income?Have banks reported STRs to the FIC involving lion bone trades in 2017 specifically and more broadly 2008 - 2020, and if so, could you detail these cases?Alternatively, are SA banks not yet fully aware, responsive too, concerned with or have allocated dedicated teams to IWT activities?
2. The buyers, primarily based in Lao, Vietnam and Thailand, are also a small group of often interconnected companies that represent shell entities, are clustered together geographically or share similar information. They have ties to Xaysavang cartel, an Asian organised crime group. The same companies have, since 2008, been involved in other IWT activities including illegal rhino horn trade. Few details for specific companies are listed on the CITES export forms, example a company will cite that it is based in a village but nothing specific or an incorrect address will be provided.
Where the buyers are part of organised crime cartels or illegal activities, as evidence strongly appears to show, what laws as predicates crimes are the suppliers violating by turning a blind eye to this source of income?
What role should banks, listed as the recipients in certain instances, perform in flagging this income and/or doing DD on the Asian companies?
Have banks reported STRs to the FIC involving lion bone trades in 2017 specifically and more broadly 2008 - 2020?
3. One transport company, and one individual, frequently signs off on the cargo / customs forms and other data that easily expose the under-valuation, vague importer details etc.
What predicate crime laws might the company be committing by not flagging the cargo as indicative of profit shifting and other illicit activity?
What should the transport company be doing, or rather how should such cargo be vetted, given the contents versus its listed value?
4. The goods are exported via a major South African airport which customs also sees the description and the vastly under-valued unit / total price as well as the destination.
What role should airport customs play in investigating financial crime via IWT, particularly where exports are to countries such as Vietnam (which are legacy countries in terms of illicit and illegal activities)?
5. Data shows an elaborate supply chain of breeders, over 90% of whom are not listed / approved by CITES for export, thereafter lion are approved to be euthanised and sent to bigger farms or sometimes directly to agents and brokers (including "taxidermists") who serve as exporters. it appears that the brokers are the domestic lynchpins for the organised crime cartels with regards to actively sourcing the IWT.
Does the FIC have a dedicated internal investigating IWT?
6. Does the FIC take the position that substantive units within the public and private sector have been created to identify, investigate and prosecute the financial model driving IWT through SA to Asian markets, often via Vietnam, Lao and other countries that serve as conduits for wildlife, dead or alive? If so, who are these units and what roles do they play?
3/31/2022 2:00 AM
Hi there. I'm looking into a story relating to cross border money laundering, as well as terror funding via remittance providers. As you know, a number of companies provide guest workers with an avenue to remitt funds. Is the FIC aware of any moneylaundering via these channels? Is this a topic of investigation? Thanks
3/25/2022 11:25 PM
I need to regist my account to Yesplay
3/25/2022 11:25 PM
I need to regist my account to Yesplay
3/31/2022 2:00 AM
My name is Rory Doyle and I am a Senior Financial Crime Consultant for Fenergo. Fenergo is a Irish FinTech company with a significant presence in South Africa. We are the No. 1 provider of Digital Client Lifecycle and regulatory compliance technologies in the world.
I wanted to reach out to see if there might be an opportunity to discuss one of our internal initiatives whereby we invite a variety of guest speakers to discuss different areas of financial crime. To date we have had speakers from law enforcement and government policy and I’m hoping to line up some organisations that tackle wildlife trafficking specifically.
If this is something you or perhaps a colleague might be interested in, it would be great to chat and see if we can make it work.
Rory Doyle | Senior Financial Crime Consultant | Fenergo | Landline: +353 1 5541 782
3/16/2022 12:00 AM
Mrs Mnisi contacted our editor and wanted a subscription form, but our dear editor has lost her details and so I cannot email a subscription form. Please ask her to contact me. Thanks.
1/31/2022 3:00 PM
What is the FIAs response to the Ismail Momoniat’s affadvit claiming that FIC was a target of attempted State Capture?
The FIC has a mandate to protect whistleblowers. Yet many state capture whistle-blowers have complained of a lack of support/protection. Are there any measures/changes that the FIC intends to put in place in order to better encourage and protect whistle-blowers in order to protect future state capture?
Does the FIC believe that further legislative ammendments are needed to the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act to protect whistleblowers or better assist in fighting corruption and State Capture?
Does the FIC believe it is sufficiently funded to carry out its mandate?
1/26/2022 6:00 PM
I am investigating a case of a complainant - a prominent surgeon - who says his bank prejudiced him by immobilising his transactional bank account on the grounds that he had failed to have it FICAd.
He claims he received no FICA notification from his bank, and no warning about a hold being put on his account.
My question is: does the FIA still regularly receive complaints from consumers about this scenario, and do you have any advice to share for banks and consumers on this issue?
1/13/2022 2:00 AM
Good afternoon. I am probably using the reporting channel so I will greatly appreciate it if this can be forwarded to the correct person.
My enquiry relates to both proceeds of crime as well as terrorist financing reporting.
Having worked in banks for the last two decades I've had to complete the annual compliance training, specifically relevant to this email are FICA, POCDATARA and the Proceeds of Crime Act. It would be fair to say that I have extensive experience of those processes that are expected to identify suspicious activities and those related to reporting them. All banks also have extensive ethics programmes around honesty and integrity with clear expectations for what ethical behavior is supposed to be.
It is therefore inconceivable to me that the transgressions highlighted in the State Capture report, as well as other documents like annual DG reports, could not have been identified or reported. I can highlight the Regiments Capital/SAA case as an example of where actions were taken that should have not just raised red flags, but the activities should have been reported.
That is just one example, and there are literally hundreds of others. Furthermore, the recent violence related to the imprisonment of Mr Zuma is clearly classified as terrorism, and it was orchestrated by known groups and individuals. Similarly, accounts and financial activities of those entities should by now have resulted in reporting, and the closing of bank accounts.
There are a few things can be inferred from the lack of action, the main one being that the consequences for illegal behaviour are insufficient and that further reform in the regulatory environment is required. Since the FIC is one of the important bulwarks that should protect us against the risks associated with the abuse of the financial system, it only makes sense to reach out to you for some input.
I have a very simple question, but with a long answer: what actions are the FIC taking to reform the regulatory system to ensure that the abuses of the recent past are not repeated and that those responsible, both private and public, are held accountable?
I do not represent any organisation, and I am asking this as a citizen. I am of the opinion that there are material changes required to our legislative and regulatory systems to ensure better enforcement of compliance and the evidence at our disposal shows that what we have at the moment is insufficient.
Louis Fourie (Louis JR Fourie if you want to check me out on LinkedIn)
2/14/2022 7:00 PM
To whom it may concern.
I am a researcher for the South African identity verificatoin and due diligence company, ThisIsMe. I am researching and writing content on topics relating to our services, many of which fall under the umbrella of the FIC, such as AML/CFT. We are interested in getting insights from experts on these topics and would be highly interested in any insights the FIC could offer. Please let us know if the FIC itself, or someone within the FIC, would be willing to engage with us.
12/14/2021 5:30 PM
Kindly assist with presentation slides for the FICA training for credit providers conducted on the 19 October 2021.
12/9/2021 12:00 PM
I registered for today's webinar and received confirmation and that the link will be sent the day before (yesterday) I received nothing and can't join the webinar.
11/20/2021 2:00 AM
Dear Sir or Madam, can you please confirm which URL is the best to track your press releases/activities?
Is it this one?:
10/4/2021 8:00 PM
I am writing an article on South Africa for UK-based Money Laundering Bulletin (moneylaunderingbulletin.com), looking into recent developments, regulations and the current AML landscape. I would like to request an interview with a meber of FIC, any time over the next two weeks. I am in South Africa, but cannot attend an in-person meeting, only by phone.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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