The South African government says it is working with the US to get hold of SA-based Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) ‘financial facilitators’.
Finance Ministers Enoch Godongwana and Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, have taken note of the steps taken by the United States and say that the SA government “remains 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.”
This week, the US Treasury Department issued an Executive Order for four South Africa-based Isis facilitators Farhad Hoomer, Siraaj Miller, Abdella Hussein Abadigga and Peter Charles Mbaga.
Eexecutive order 13224 is a tool the US government uses to hinder the financing of terrorism and is part of the country’s national commitment to lead the international effort to end the evils of terrorist activity.
“The United States is working with our African partners, including South Africa, to dismantle ISIS financial support networks on the continent,” said US Treasury Department spokesman Ned Price.
The US Treasury’s Ooffice of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said 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.”
ISIS facilitators based in South Africa have reportedly been linked to recruitment, robbery, kidnapping and extortion.
Both the Treasury Department and the Justice Department said the relevant South African authorities are investigating the matter and have consulted with the concerned US authorities regarding the OFAC designation.
But it declined to provide further details about the investigation.
“As a member of the Financial Action Task Force, South Africa is committed to upholding the highest standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, and fully supports the criminal justice authorities in the prevention and investigation of violations of the laws of South Africa, and will ensure full compliance with international obligations,” the two departments said in a joint statement.