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SA’S IS CRISIS | How R6bn got from spaza shops to African terrorists

Payment systems were meant to facilitate remittances from SA, but sudden large transactions started raising flags

Graeme Hosken, Aron Hyman and Tankiso Makhetha

Islamic State (IS) and linked extremists are believed to be hijacking SA’s smaller financial services to fund terror attacks across Africa by moving billions of rand through spaza shops and retail outlets in the informal sector.

A TimesLIVE investigation can reveal that several organisations are operating independently from one another in SA to sponsor terrorism in different parts of Africa, including through:

The transfer of money through third-party payment providers (TPPPs) by mainly Somalis, Kenyans and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) nationals to the Horn of Africa. Some of the funds are believed to have been used in an attack on the Westlands office retail park in Kenya 2019 that killed 22 people, including South African Luke Potter; andGeneration of local crime proceeds from ransom kidnappings, robberies and gold smuggling to fund terror activities in Mozambique...

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