It seems no other country beats sunny SA if you’re looking to pursue a career in crime, white-collar crime in particular. The more educated the criminal is, the more lucrative the career can be, it seems. Just ask McKinsey which, since 1995, has been masquerading as a consulting agency in SA helping companies maximise the impact of their endeavours. Check the notorious Gupta and Zuma families. Even international fugitives have chosen SA as a host for many years, particularly since the dawn of democracy. In large part, we haven’t disappointed them. That is, until the luck of the criminal in question runs out. Even then, they can drag the process of extradition out until they find an escape route to some other backwater in Asia or South America. Among the lesser white-collar criminals to have taken advantage of our sunny shores, weak law enforcement agencies and accommodating justice system are Vito Palazzolo, who escaped a nine-year jail sentence in Italy for his work for the Mafia, ...

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