Breaking the Bombers, Mark Shaw
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Breaking the Bombers
How the hunt for Pagad created a crack police unit

Author: Mark Shaw

Narrator: Adrian Galley

Unabridged: 10 hr 37 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 10/17/2023


‘Mark Shaw is the foremost analyst of organised crime in SA.’ – Jonny SteinbergAt the dawn of the country’s brave new democracy, Cape Town was at war. Pagad, which began as a community protest action against crime, had mutated into a sinister vigilante group wreaking death and destruction across the city. Between 1996 and 2001, there were hundreds of bomb blasts – most infamously at the Planet Hollywood restaurant at the V&A Waterfront – and countless targeted hits on druglords and gang bosses.The police scrambled desperately to respond. The new ANC government was shaken. Citizens of Cape Town lived in fear. Who could save the city?Mark Shaw tells the incredible tale of how former foes – struggle cadres and the apartheid security apparatus – pulled together to break the Pagad death squads. Out of this crisis emerged the elite law enforcement unit, the Scorpions.It is a story that has never been told in full. Now many involved have broken their silence about this pivotal chapter in South Africa’s history, which offers far-reaching lessons on how to deal with organised crime today.