SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
 issue59Barnard v Minister of Justice: the minister's verdict. Deciding on parole for offenders serving life sentencesViolence and injury observatories: Reducing the burden of injury in high-risk communities author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand

Article

Indicators

Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • On index processSimilars in Google

Share


SA Crime Quarterly

On-line version ISSN 2413-3108
Print version ISSN 1991-3877

Abstract

HAYSOM, Simone  and  SHAW, Mark. Location, location, location: The settling of organised crime in Bedfordview. SA crime q. [online]. 2017, n.59, pp.27-38. ISSN 2413-3108.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2413-3108/2017/v0n59a1745.

Why do 'crime bosses' settle in one place and not another? It is an intriguing and under-researched question, and not much has been written about it. In South Africa a cluster of individuals associated with organised crime moved into, or were associated with, a particular suburb: Bedfordview, south-east of Johannesburg. The most notorious was Radovan Krejcir, but he plugged into an established network of individuals with links to the underworld. This article, based on interviews with people close to high-level crime figures or in political or civic leadership roles in Bedfordview, explores why this neighbourhood in particular was chosen. Our analysis suggests that a range of factors coalesced to make Bedfordview, an upper-class, predominantly white neighbourhood, attractive to organised crime figures. These include pull factors linked to geography, lifestyle, ethnicity and infrastructure that combined in a way that was unique in Johannesburg. Significantly, these were associated with a set of push factors that reflect changes in wider urban development and the upward (and geographic) mobility of a set of 'businessmen' linked to grey or illegal markets in the city.

        · text in English     · English ( pdf )

 

Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License