UK banks linked to South Africa money laundering


British financial institutions in South Africa may have been used as conduits for laundered money, a former Cabinet minister has suggested.

Ex-Northern Ireland secretary Lord Hain said that Chancellor Philip Hammond had agreed that the matter would be looked into.

Lord Hain told the Press Association: “I have written to the Chancellor asking for British authorities to investigate British financial institutions that may have been used as conduits for money laundering.”

The Labour peer, who was a leading anti-apartheid campaigner, is set to raise his concerns in the House of Lords on Thursday.

Lord Hain said it has been estimated that around £400m may have been laundered through financial institutions in South Africa.

A Treasury spokesman said: “We take allegations of financial misconduct very seriously, and have passed Lord Hain’s letter on to the Financial Conduct Authority and relevant UK law enforcement agencies, including the National Crime Agency and Serious Fraud Office, to agree the right action.”

A spokeswoman for the Financial Conduct Authority said: “The FCA is already in contact with both banks named and will consider carefully further responses received.”