President Jacob Zuma has finally signed the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (Fica) Bill, but the next step is ensuring that it is implemented, according to the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac). The Presidency announced on Saturday that Zuma had signed the bill against money laundering. SA had risked being kicked out of the global fraud monitor, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), if the Fica Bill was not signed by June. The bill is intended to strengthen measures to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism‚ and in particular, will require enhanced vigilance over the financial transactions of prominent influential persons. Zuma has had almost two months to sign the bill, which was readopted by Parliament at the end of February. In April, Casac threatened to approach the Constitutional Court if he did not sign it immediately. Casac’s executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, said on Monday that the next step was gazetting the bi...

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