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Crime syndicates 'taking over South Africa'

By Thando Magaga | May 10, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 50 ]

Rev Chikane says some of these syndicates are employed within state security agencies by commanders and some work outside the system but have strong links with political leaders

FORMER director-general in the Presidency and author of Eight Days in September, The Removal of Thabo Mbeki, Reverend Frank Chikane said yesterday that South Africa's democracy is in crisis because of compromised leaders running the country to serve the interests of crime syndicates.

Chikane said that some of these syndicates are employed within state security agencies by commanders and some work outside the system but have strong links with political leaders.

Speaking at his book launch seminar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus, Chikane also said that corruption levels in the country have increased since the days of Nelson Mandela as president and have worsened under the current leadership.

"If you read articles in the weekend newspapers about [head of police crime intelligence Lieutenant-General Richard] Mdluli, you can see that we are in trouble," Chikane said.

He said while syndicates were taking over the country, some of the dirtiest people in the world were coming and hiding in South Africa.

Chikane, who focused more on the crisis and vulnerability of democracy during the seminar than his book, said there were people in government who served syndicates instead of the taxpayers.

"If you are compromised as a leader by a syndicate, then you are controlled by them," he said.

The Reverend said these syndicates have people at the borders as well.

When cars are stolen in the country they easily make their way to other countries for sale, he said.

He said that in 1990 slain mining magnate Brett Kebble "bought a relationship with the ANC" through disgraced former top cop Jackie Selebi by donating money. He said that syndicates decided who was jailed, while others entered into plea bargains with the state.

"In the Kebble matter, murderers gave up their bosses who in turn gave up Glenn Agliotti who in turn gave up Selebi who is in jail now," he said.

"There must be no person who commits crime and does not go to jail because he is connected."

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ngiriza: Dream on. Enjoy your loyalty while you can. Bye.

May 11, 2012 6:42 | 0 replies

2 best public figures we as SAns should really be proud that we had opportunity to experience them, Arch Desmond Tutu and Rev Frank Chikane, their steadfastness to fight for what's just and fair makes me feel proud to be a SAn, they are consistent, they spoke up against apartheid when that could mean death to their lives, now they are speaking up against the gov of the people by the people for itself, wow, i feel so privileged to have experience these 2 great SAn gentlemen, God bless SA.

May 10, 2012 11:19 | 0 replies

Here I thought this was obvious that we have gangster gov! Wena Chikane they will bump you off cause mos you are tjatjarag, lol

@Reyataz, please read the article with comprehension, the Rev clearly has not said criminality in gov started after Mbeki's time, in fact he is implicated cause the Aglliotis and Selepis came afore during his tenure to a certain degree he failed to deal with Selebi as he should have, we should try not be too defensive sometimes, cause this criminal activities occurring within our gov structures is what will result in SA being down-graded wrt good governance, we should learn from mistakes of Nigeria cause they are today fighting tooth and nail to recover some respectability, if you ask them they will have you that's a near impossibility job, they have no credibility that is amongst other reasons that Nigerian woman who was vying for the WB job in-spite that she fully qualified she did not succeed, cause of bad image of Nigeria on the corruption stakes.

May 10, 2012 11:15 | 0 replies

You are right on top of it Rev. this crime that is overcrowding SA, it's an inside job, these top dogs in higher post, especially political redeployed are the ones who are mainly involved in these crimes though they are not doing them by themselves.

May 10, 2012 10:55 | 0 replies

Asinamali

you are correct what is best for the country..... there is every chance that a change of guard will cut some if not all this stuff out.... because if they dont their time will also be limited in power... at this point they just dont really care, because they are overly certain they will be for another term....

May 10, 2012 10:53 | 0 replies

@reyataz,when things has two side you must look at both side,maybe it was happening during mbeki but do we have to relax and say it was happening and lets leave it and continue happening,i am concern about my country not politicians and i am not taking any side,i want what is best for this country,if you read this story carefully you will see that he mentioned that it was happening during mbeki as well,during the time of jackie selebi it was mbeki who was in charge.your problem is you favors politicians in a way you don't want to look at the good,the bad and the ugly that they are doing,you are ignorant and naive

May 10, 2012 10:47 | 0 replies

DA-DBN-GUY: Get real, won't you.

May 10, 2012 10:33 | 0 replies

DA-DBN-GUY. The issue is the message dude, not the messenger, you're sounding like an ANC politician!

May 10, 2012 10:31 | 0 replies

Why were not so vocal when you were serving the same government? Obviously your gravy train has reached its station a long time ago and now you are just bitter. You are however correct in your statement but your timing leaves a lot to be questioned. Dont try and be a hero now after the fact and whilst you kept quiet when you where in the government and didnt do anything or say anything

May 10, 2012 10:23 | 0 replies

The problem lies in the fact that there is a perception that crime is very profitable & easy money. The youth need to be educated.............they need to realize that nomatter how hopeless life seems, crime is no alternative. Criminals need to be humiliated in public. We need the death penalty for serious crimes and more harsh sentences for minor crimes.

Poverty does not mean crime. Because you poor, does not mean that you will turn into a criminal because you are hungry. Look at all these crime lords, do they look hungry to you? It boils down to trying to screw the system for easy money at the expense of someone else, even if it means taking their lives.

May 10, 2012 10:9 | 0 replies

We know this, it should be frightening, yet all we do is vote ANC again.......

May 10, 2012 10:3 | 0 replies