Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: His Name Is Louca, and He Could Be a Game-Changer

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In an unusual show of diplomatic prowess, South Africa has brought Lolly Jackson's alleged killer, George Louca, home to face the music. And it only took four years. The extradition is set to send ripples across the underworld. ALEX ELISEEV asks whether Louca is the missing puzzle piece in the grand unravelling.

A few minutes before George Louca was led up into the dock, coughing loudly as he climbed the stairs, four members of the police's uber-elite Special Task Force spilled out into the courtroom from the holding cells.

Without saying a word, they split up into pairs and positioned themselves on opposite sides of the room. The two near the public entrance actually stood back-to-back, like they do in the movies when the enemy is attacking from all directions. They were dressed in full camouflage, even if it didn't do much good against the brick walls.

Members of the Special Task Force, in case you aren't familiar with them, are the guys who get sent in to diffuse hostage situations, take down terrorists or to storm a house full of armed robbers (as was the case with the Jeppestown Massacre). They are the elite of the elite and don't ...

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