South Africa is like hitman heaven


She had no enemies and wouldn’t hurt a fly, say all those who knew the pretty blonde teaching assistant. (Photo: Her grieving parents, Sharon and Ivan Saincic).

Yet an assassin on the back of a motorbike shot Chanélle Henning (26) moments after she’d dropped her four-year-old son at a Pretoria crèche.

Her shocking death has all the hallmarks of a hired hit. But who gave the order, and why?

What’s behind the hit was still unclear a few days ago. The Hennings have been involved in a bitter divorce and custody battle for years.

Experts aren’t willing to say that hired hits are significantly on the increase but confirm a dangerous perception that South Africa is a place where it’s easy to get away with murder, that more women are resorting to this as a way out, and that South Africans are increasingly seeing violence as a solution to their problems.

It makes you wonder: what’s the value of a life in rands and cents these days?

YOU’s Richard van Rensburg and Sulaiman Philip look at the many recent local murder cases involving hired killers and Latashia Naidoo sees how easily she can find someone to carry out a hit. Read more in YOU 1 December 2011.

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