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Book Faces of Assassination

The book assembles 50 profiles of those who have been assassinated by criminal groups since the start of the millennium

It is a compilation of men and women who have been murdered because they confronted, weakened or threatened criminal groups. The publication is the outcome of years spent bearing witness to the great impact these assassinations have worldwide, in developed and developing countries alike.


Global Initiative

Power, elitism and history - Analyzing trends in targeted killings in Nigeria, 2000 to 2017

This report analyses the dynamics of targeted killings in the country using a specially designed dataset over the period 2000 to 2017. It relays the highlights of this data through a discussion of the demographic patterns of targeted killings in Nigeria, including certain groups that are frequently targeted (politicians, civil servants, traditional and religious leaders, journalists etc.), as well as where assassinations predominantly occur.

University of Cape Town

The rule of the gun: Hits and assassinations in South Africa, 2000-2017

This report presents an analysis of data on contract killings carried out in South Africa between 2000 and 2017. The rapid escalation of targeted killings of people has a highly detreimental impact on South Africa’s ongoing democratic project and often fragile governance system, with the study finding that a large proportions of assassinations are contracted for political, economic or social gain.

Global Initiative

Hitmen for Hire: Exposing South Africa’s Underworld

This book focuses on the 'industry of violence' in South Africa, shedding light on the commercialisation of contract killing and what this means for the country’s evolving underworld. Drawing from over a thousand hit cases from the past seventeen years, Hitmen for Hire investigates the nexus between criminality, corruption and violence, sheding light on the context in which the hitmen live and work, as well as the economies in which they operate.