Long ago in a land not so far away the FSCA decided that it no longer wanted the obligation to investigate and debar people that should not be in the industry. One can only ponder as to why this is. Lack of resources is my best guess (as a person that used to, among others, work with and in a department that used to do this). As a result, this is something that now befell the FSP to do in 90% of the instances.
This has some unintended consequences such as:
In the recent case of NJ Du Plessis Wessels v African Wealth Organisation (Pty) Ltd and Others a person was debarred for a breach of restraint of trade. This is not grounds for the debarment of a person as this is a civil contractual matter and not something that affects the Fit and Proper status of the person. The appeal was granted as a result.
I've even seen stranger things like that time a person complaining about a cheating husband which must be debarred. Although this is uncouth and perhaps morally reprehensible, it is not grounds for debarment and has nothing to do with the person's work.
Be aware of your rights as a person that has been debarred - certain processes need to be followed to make this lawful. And if you are working in an FSP make sure your debarments are lawful as you may end up red-faced in the end.
We've seen many brokers use debarments as a way of getting back at each other and this is the unfortunate consequence of outsourcing your regulatory responsibilities to FSP's instead of having that power sit with the Regulator that can impartially look at cases with an expert eye.
by: Horizon Compliance team