Tackling Organized Crime through Financial Investigation and Prosecution Workshop, South Africa

Transnational crime is a huge business. Financial Intelligence Centres should be able to gather, analyze, and deliver reliable, accurate, relevant, and up to-date information to keep up with the trends and bring criminal activities to a halt.

It is with this in mind that AGA-Africa Programme in conjunction with the Financial Intelligence Centre’s South Africa and the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) organised a 3-day virtual workshop on Tackling Organized Crime Through Financial Investigation & Prosecution between the 6th and the 8th of  October 2020. The workshop brought together investigators and prosecutors from various African countries.

The opening remarks were delivered by Markus Green, ESQ, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member and Xolisile Khanyile, Director of the Financial Intelligence Centre of South Africa (FIC).

Present to share their wealth of experience in the field were AGA-Africa Programme international subject matter experts; Scott Blake, Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, USA and Rachel R. Heintz, Assistant Attorney General in the Southern Arizona White Collar and Criminal Enterprise Section, Office of the Attorney General, USA.

Regionally we had Advocate Hein Van Der Merwe Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions attached to the Organized Crime Component at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in South Africa, Mike Muia, Director Financial Intelligence Unit of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations of Kenya and his colleagues Joseph Wafula and Janet Ochere also from the same unit.

The workshop was officially closed by Lieutenant General Mosikili on behalf of Lt. Gen Godfrey Lebeya, National Head, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and Kim Robinson, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator, South Africa.