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Drug cartels, crime syndicates, and their relationship to politicians

Two recent books from South Africa detail the links between drug cartels and crime syndicates, which allege a cosy relationship with some powerful politicians, from the late former police chief Jackie Selebi to corruption-accused former president Jacob Zuma, to the opposition leader Julius Malema. Many of these relationships date back to the apartheid era, but some are new.

Clash of the Cartels, a chronicle of international drug syndicate activity in South Africa by Daily Maverick crime journalist Caryn Dolley was officially released on 10 November. The book comes as the Western Cape government, run by the opposition Democratic Alliance, is mulling an inquiry about possible links between the police and gangs as part of its fight against escalating gang activity in the province.

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