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Organized Crime in South Africa

Jul 17, 2008 | 10:33 GMT
Residents gather as South African police officers respond to a shooting of two alleged gang members in Cape Town in 2017.
Residents gather as South African police officers respond to a shooting of two alleged gang members in Manenberg, Cape Town, in 2017. A rise in sporadic gun battles in gang hotspots in the Cape Flats has prompted calls by authorities for the army intervention, as the police battle for control. Residents bear the brunt of gang-related crime as gangsters wage turf wars and retaliatory attacks on rivals.
(PIETER BAUERMEISTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Stratfor's sixth in-depth look at organized crime focuses on South Africa. The abysmal social conditions created by apartheid made organized crime appealing to some segments of the local population, while organized criminals from other countries are attracted to South Africa's comparative stability and reliable infrastructure....

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