Crime as Business, Business as Crime: West African Criminal Networks in Southern Africa

Image: Flickr, Biblioteca Nacional de España
Image: Flickr, Biblioteca Nacional de España

Many commentators point to Southern Africa’s resident West African population (by which they mean Nigerians) as the source of lawless activity in the region.

However, there has been little research on the causes and growth of West African criminal networks operating in Southern Africa. Crime as Business, Business as Crime: West African Criminal Networks in Southern Africa provides an overview and an analysis of the problem.

Given the dynamic nature of West African criminal networks in the region and their apparent rapid growth, such a study is important, particularly in view of the xenophobia which exists among South Africans towards people from West Africa. The study suggests that various strategies are required (including engaging with resident West African communities themselves) to confront this phenomenon.

Funded by the Rockefeller Brothers’ Fund

ISBN: 1-919810-49-8

17 Apr 2008
Research by
Publisher
SAIIA
No of Pages
84
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
SAIIA Programme
African Governance and Diplomacy
Tags
Crime, xenophobia
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