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Crime syndicates cost the country billions of rands and disrupt the economy. Photo: Sourced
Crime syndicates cost the country billions of rands and disrupt the economy. Photo: Sourced


South Africa is a hotbed of well-organised crime and a haven for the heads of these criminal networks. A shocking 216-page report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime (GI-TOC) paints a grim picture of how these networks operate in at least 15 sectors in the country.

And they are interconnected – from illegal mining by the zama-zamas and the taxi industry to drug and wildlife smugglers, rhino poachers, cash-in-transit robbers, truck hijackers and the construction mafia.

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