Assessing South Africa's organised crime risk

A major assessment of interconnected illicit markets shows why targeting criminal networks should be a national priority.

21 SEP 2022  

Event details

Date: 2022-09-21

Time: 08:30 to 10:00

Venue: ‘The Forum’, HSRC, 134 Pretorius St, Pretoria Central (Parking available)

RSVP: Eileen Bees, Phone: +27 12 302 2528, Email:

Event Enquiry: Chwayita Thobela, Phone: +27 82 370 6107, Email:

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Organised crime poses a substantial threat to South Africa, but what is the exact nature of the threat, how do criminal networks operate and is it getting worse? To throw light on these questions, a major study by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime produced a comprehensive Strategic Organized Crime Risk Assessment report that covers 15 interconnected illicit markets.

This event launches the report, which paints a disturbing picture. Speakers will also point to policy changes and responses that could reduce the risks facing the country.

This event is co-hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria and Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GI).

Facilitator: Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, Executive Director, Developmental, Capable and Ethical State division, HSRC

Presentation: Dr Mark Shaw, Director, GI


Prof Sandy Africa, Deputy-Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Associate Professor, Political Sciences, University of Pretoria

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head, Special Projects, ISS

Adv Vusi Pikoli, Board Member and Senior Advisor, GI (TBC)


The co-hosts apologize for cross-posting this invitation. If you would like to attend, click here. Please only RSVP once.
The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.


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