The Rise and Fall of the Johannesburg ‘Bouncer Mafia’
Mark Shaw’s latest article with Simone Haysom for the Journal for Modern African Studies recounts the rise and fall of the Johannesburg bouncer...
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.
Please see our South African focus flagship initiative, Assassinations Witness ZA, a partnership with the Open Society Foundation and the Institute for Safety Governance at the University of Cape Town.