Contract killing and targeted “hits” in South Africa have become widespread and deeply embedded into parts of the country’s history of systemic corruption. While communities in South Africa have long been witness to persistently high levels of crime and violence, a particular set of “mafia-driven” murders are used to control the country’s political and economic life. Hitmen for Hire: Exposing South Africa’s Underworld, by Mark Shaw, Director of the Global Initiative, exposes the broad nature of South Africa’s underworld and its links to state agents and structures.

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