South Africa: Criminal Networks Co-Exist With State Corruption, Says Analyst


On the Cape Flats there exists a boiling pot of crime, gangsterism and drugs, against an enabling backdrop of a corrupt state. Daily Maverick spoke to Simone Haysom, senior analyst for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, about the decision to send in the military to tackle the problem.

"You don't run a major criminal organisation in South Africa without state protection."

So said Simone Haysom, author of The Last Words of Rowan du Preez: Murder and Conspiracy on the Cape Flats and senior analyst for the Global Initiative in a 16 July interview with Daily Maverick.

Haysom, who focuses her research on corruption and organised crime, told Daily Maverick that gangsterism is fuelled by corruption at all levels, from patrolling police officers stopping to pick up small bribes from gangsters to high-level officials becoming co-opted by gangs.

These corrupt officers and officials then offer protection to gangs and gang members, often in return for untraceable cash made from selling drugs and other illegal items.

Issues of gang-related violence came to a tipping point over the weekend of 6 and 7 July 2019, when 13 people were killed in Philippi East and Hanover Park. Residents called on Police Minister...

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