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PhD Candidate, Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town

Olwethu is finalising a PhD (Public Law), at the University of Cape Town. The PhD project conducts a comparative analysis of the effectiveness of measures aimed at addressing transnational organised crime in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, legal and policy regimes applicable to both commercial and public law contexts. Her research covers policy, legislative and institutional responses to various aspects of transnational organised crime, including Illicit Financial Flows, Money Laundering, Compliance, Economic and Financial Crimes, Corporate Investigations, and Due Diligence.

She holds an LLB degree from the University of the Free State and an LLM degree in Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention from the University of the Western Cape and Humboldt University Berlin, She is an admitted attorney with over 10 years’ experience, and has held various legal advisor positions and carried out and managed research consultancy projects, including for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Nairobi.

As Research Director of the Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa (ACCPA), and as the Editor of the Anti-Money Laundering Journal of Africa, she managed a team of compliance practitioners who published and peer reviewed research articles on the money-laundering control regimes of various African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon.


  • –present
    Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Anti-Money Laundering Journal of Africa
  • 2016–present
    Senior Analyst, Maendeleo Group
  • 2016–present
    Director of Research, Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa (ACCPA)
  • 2013–2015
    KNR Legal Tanzania, Senior Associate
  • 2011–2013
    Legal Advisor, Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board
  • 2009–2011
    Regulations Manager, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants


  • 2011 
    University of the Western Cape, LLM-Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention: An International and African Perspective
  • 2007 
    University of the Free State, LLB


  • 2016
    The Panama Papers in Africa: Tax Avoidance, Money Laundering or Illicit Financial Flows?, Anti-Money Laundering Journal of Africa, Vol. 2 Issue 3

Professional Memberships

  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa
  • Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU)
  • South Africa/Tanzania
  • Article Feed
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