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US Treasury OFAC listing of alleged South Africa-Based Financial Facilitators

02 March 2022

The Ministries of Finance and Justice and Correctional Services have taken note of the step taken on 1 March 2022 by the United States Treasury Department to designate individuals in South Africa that it suspects are associated with ISIS-related entities.

The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four persons as alleged financial facilitators of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and ISIS-Mozambique (ISIS-M) based in South Africa, pursuant to U.S. Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended.

Its announcement of 1 March 2022, states that “ISIS members and associates in South Africa are playing an increasingly central role in facilitating the transfer of funds from the top of the ISIS hierarchy to branches across Africa. The South Africa-based ISIS members designated today pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, have provided support for the aforementioned transfers or served as leaders of ISIS cells in South Africa.”

We remain committed to fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and will not allow our territory to be used to fund terrorism in other countries. The relevant South African authorities investigating this matter have been engaging with relevant US authorities on the OFAC designation. Further details on such engagements and related investigation cannot be revealed at this stage.

As a member of the Financial Action Task Force, South Africa is committed to enforcing highest standards to counter money laundering and the financing of terrorism, and fully supports the criminal justice authorities in preventing and investigating any transgression of the laws of South Africa, and will ensure full adherence to international commitments.

Co-operating with and providing support and assistance to other States and relevant international and regional organisations to that end is a critical component of protecting our constitutional democracy against terrorist and related activities.

We assure all residents of South Africa that government is committed to ensuring the safety of all.

Issued by jointly by the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services.

Enquiries:
Mfuneko Toyana, Spokesperson Ministry of Finance
Email: mfuneko.toyana@treasury.gov.za, Cell: 0795071490

OR

Chrispin Phiri, Spokesperson: Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
Email: CPhiri@justice.gov.za, Cell: 081 781 2261