Fascinating insights were shared by the great panelists:
- Bulelani Ngcuka, former National Director of Public Prosecutions
- Author Mark Shaw, Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, and
- Anton du Plessis, Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions
They discussed what needs to be done to fight organized crime in South Africa today. One lesson learned from fighting PAGAD in the 1990s became clear: it needs joint strategies, joint teams, joint performance targets, and benchmarks between the law enforcement agencies involved.
Many people in South Africa remember PAGAD all too vividly: from 1996 to 2001, the notorious vigilante group detonated over 400 bombs and carried out countless hits on gang bosses and drug lords in Cape Town.
“The story of PAGAD should serve as a reminder of how destabilizing crime may be politically, and how South Africa, with political will, was able to counter an enormous challenge”, said Shaw at the event.
Breaking the Bombers: How the hunt for Pagad created a crack police unit by Mark Shaw is published by JonathanBallPublishers.
You can get the new book which was launched at the Institute for Security Studies event, at many good bookstores and online.
In case you missed it, watch a recording of the event here: