The rule of the gun: Hits and assassinations in South Africa, 2000-2017
Summary This report presents an analysis of data on hits (contract killings) carried out in South Africa. The data has been compiled as part of the...
Political assassinations, targeted ‘hits’ and contract killings are both a service of organised crime, and a means by which the underworld settles disputes and leaves its mark in legitimate society. Assassinations are rising in a number of key localities, where they used to influence politics, distort the economy, and instil fear to mark criminal control. Assassinations Watch is a project of the Global Initiative to monitor changing trends in extortions, and to chart its impact in communities, on governance and the state.
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