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Murder of cop Kinnear a ‘tipping point’ in SA’s march to crime chaos

Who’s next? Prosecutors? Judges? Organised crime expert urges decisive action to avoid a ‘Mexico’ scenario

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Failure to act decisively against the murderers of anti-gang unit kingpin Charl Kinnear could send SA into a terrifying tailspin of organised crime, according to transnational crime expert Julian Rademeyer.

Kinnear was gunned down outside his Cape Town home on Friday afternoon in what appears to have been a well-orchestrated hit. He had been investigating several cases linked to known underworld figures.

Rademeyer, a former prominent journalist who helped expose criminal networks involved in the illegal rhino horn trade, said Kinnear’s murder represented a potential tipping point for the state’s ability to fight back against organised crime: “The reason I say it is at a tipping point is that it seems pretty clear that organised crime groups have reached the stage where they have no compunction about taking out a top police officer who they think is getting in their way...

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