I was talking recently to a veteran senior counsel who told me he was rattled and upset by what was going on around him. “There used to be an unwritten rule in this country,” he said. “Figures in organised crime understood that they were not to assassinate the detectives investigating them. That rule is now being broken.” 

He was referring to the assassination of Cape Town detective Charl Kinnear in 2020, and to the gunning down of insolvency practitioner Cloete Murray and his son earlier in 2023. Murray had been appointed liquidator of several firms implicated in state capture, such as Bosasa and Trillian. ..

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