The Economic Freedom Fighters has called for 17 banks involved in alleged price manipulation of the rand to be stripped of their licences.
The party said: “The EFF will write to the South African Reserve Bank to demand that the banking and operating licences of these banks must be discontinued immediately because we believe collusion around South Africa’s currency is treacherous and should be treated as such.”
The Competition Commission said the 17 banks had been involved in the manipulation of the price of the rand since 2007. They had chosen when to sell or buy the currency or had created fictitious trades to change supply and affect prices. Three South African banks accused of collusion are Absa‚ Standard Bank and Investec. The commission referred the banks to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on Wednesday.
It has also recommended to the tribunal that 15 of the banks be fined 10% of their annual turnover‚ the maximum penalty in the Competition Act.
The 15 banks facing fines are: Bank of America‚ Merrill Lynch International Limited‚ BNP Paribas‚ JP Morgan Chase & Co‚ JP Morgan Chase Bank NA‚ Investec Ltd‚ Standard New York Securities Inc‚ HSBC Bank Plc‚ Standard Chartered Bank‚ Credit Suisse Group; Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd‚ Commerzbank AG; Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited‚ Nomura International Plc and Macquarie Bank Limited.
But the EFF wants the banks out of the country. It said government and state bodies had to refrain from using these banks and used the competition commission’s announcement to call for the creation of a state-run bank.
The party said: “The cowardice government must now illustrate to the banks that despite their systemically important financial position‚ they are not above the law and not beyond reproach [sic]. Most of these banks have been platforms for massive illicit financial flows‚ money laundering and corruption committed in South Africa and the entire developing world.”
You need to highlight the fact that this manipulation CAN NOT be restricted to only SA.
First…… Is manipulation possible?….. if it is …then the banks MUST manipulate markets to remain competitive.
The root cause is the global fractional reserve banking system….. which when it goes wrong uses mug tax payers to bail it out.
I heard of this ‘news’ on the BBC World Service ……. but can find NO mention of of on Google.