Posted on 06 Apr 2020
The coronavirus pandemic will have a profound effect on the global economy, and illicit economies will be no exception. Already from other regions which are currently worse-hit by the virus, stories are emerging of criminal groups either exploiting the fear of the epidemic to defraud people, or providing black-market access to medical supplies which are now in high demand.
- Murder of Cape Town gang leader Rashied Staggie brings an uneasy peace as assassination theories abound.
- The normalization of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal poses a threat to South Africa’s democracy ahead of the 2021 local government elections.
- Groundbreaking new study of East and Southern African heroin markets out in April.
- Heroin, cocaine and marijuana markets in Uganda are changing.
- The deaths of 64 migrants in a truck container in Mozambique is a ghastly reminder of smuggling risks.
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