The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) is pleased to announce that its Director, Advocate Xolisile Khanyile has been given a top accolade by the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime (GCFFC).

In announcing Adv Khanyile as the Financial Crime Fighter of the Year for 2022 on 15 December, the GCFFC said the award was granted “… due to her commitment to fight financial crime, not just in South Africa but across the continent and internationally, with a career spanning 23 years”.

The GCFFC brings together global players in the fight against financial crime to identify key weaknesses in the current system, advocate for tangible reforms at political and policy level, and make the global anti-money laundering framework more effective. The coalition’s members include Interpol, Europol, Refinitiv, the World Economic Forum and the Basel Institute on Governance.

Adv Khanyile’s nomination for the award was in her capacity as the Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, the Director of the FIC and as Chair of the public-private partnership, the South African Anti-Money Laundering Integrated Task Force.

The GCFFC award is in recognition of the Director’s contribution and leadership in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. This is the second year of the award being granted. In 2021, the first award recipient was David Lewis, former Executive Secretary to the Financial Action Task Force.