South Africa: Goswami's SA Mandrax Secrets

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An international drug kingpin spills claims of hitmen, henchmen and high-ranking dealers.

Convicted druglord Vicky Goswami was synonymous with suspected high-level mandrax deals in the 1990s and was publicly associated with prominent local figures - most notably football boss Irvin Khoza.

Goswami fled South Africa in 1995 after the disappearance and suspected murder of Soweto socialite-cum-drug dealer Rocks Dlamini. He surfaced in Dubai but was arrested in 1997 and given a life sentence for dealing in mandrax.

In 2012, after his early release, Goswami disappeared from view only to be rearrested two years later alongside members of the notorious Akasha brothers drug family in Kenya, from where he was extradited to stand trial in the United States.

It has since emerged that Goswami turned state witness - bad news for his local criminal associates. What he has revealed so far places South Africa at the centre of a sensational story of murder, money laundering and global drug dealing.

Twelve tons of chemicals were delivered for mandrax production in South Africa and at least two assassinations carried out as one of the world's more powerful international cartels tried to maintain its grip on the local drug trade.

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