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Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw on Cape Town and The Global Criminal Economy

Crime analyst Mark Shaw has a deep and layered perspective of the global criminal networks which loop South Africa into illicit trade routes of drugs, guns, crypto and cash. Formerly, the National Research Foundation Professor of Justice and Security at the University of Cape Town, he now holds the position of Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, a think tank which collects data on organised crime from a range of well-placed observatories across the world and then analyses trends to explain the shadowy worlds from which this powerful criminality arises. Mark’s career includes a decade working at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. But he has also held positions in the South African government and civil society, where he worked on issues of public safety and urban violence in the post-apartheid transition. Cape Town and The Global Criminal Economy.

Shaw will address the Cape Town Press Club on Cape Town and the Global Criminal Economy as well as on his latest book, “Breaking the Bombers – How the hunt for Pagad created a crack police unit”. The book will be available at the event

Photo/s: Claire Morgan Photography

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023


Please arrive 30 minutes early
12:30 pm


Working journalists: FREE but no lunch. Members: R300 (includes a two-course meal plus complimentary wine). Guests: R350 (includes a two-course meal plus complimentary wine). Banking details are available on the website under the “Join the Club” menu item. Please use your surname AND the surname of the guest speaker as a reference. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice we will try to fill your place, but if not successful, you will be liable to pay.


The Grill Room - Kelvin Grove
144 Campground Rd, Newlands Cape Town
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