Assassinations on the rise in SA

Several execution-style killings caught on CCTV, like the one reported in Bryanston in Johannesburg, have rocked South Africa lately. It remains unknown whether they are gang-related hits or linked to bigger internationally organised criminal networks.

The police refuse to disclose the possible motives for the killings and do not even call such incidents a hit while the cases are being investigated. The police authorities also do not confirm if these kinds of crimes have increased.

Yet, experts say in many cases there is no doubt that certain people are being targeted. According to the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, the research shows a steady upward trend in targeted killings. Most of them have occured in the taxi industry. Political killings took the second place, and organised crime hits – the third.

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