26/10/2017 06:39 SAST | Updated 26/10/2017 06:39 SAST

George Clooney Donates R14m To Combat Corruption In Africa

Clooney said the focus is "to make sure war crimes don't pay."

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Actor George Clooney arrives on the red carpet for the film "Suburbicon" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), in Toronto, Canada, September 9, 2017.

New York - Hollywood actor George Clooney has donated $1-million (R14-million) to combat war crimes and corruption in Africa.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice on Wednesday announced the gift to the Sentry, an investigative initiative that Clooney co-founded to uncover the financial networks behind conflicts in Africa. In a statement, Clooney said the group's focus is "to make sure war crimes don't pay."

Clooney's grant, along with others, including one from actor Don Cheadle, totalled $3.45-million for a fundraising campaign.

The Sentry said the money will help fund reports in the coming year on "state looting and illicit financial flows out of the war-torn countries of South Sudan, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and the Central African Republic."

Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast founded the Sentry in 2015.