Easy to find a hit­man – for as lit­tle as R5 000

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SANDISO PHALISO

IT IS FRIGHT­EN­INGLY easy to find a hit­man in Cape Town ready to kill for an agreed fee, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found.

But it seems to take a lit­tle more ground­work than sim­ply speak­ing to the first taxi driver you meet at the air­port, as taxi driver Zola Tongo claimed in the Western Cape High Court this week. Af­ter a plea bar­gain, Tongo was jailed for 18 years for his part in the killing of hon­ey­mooner Anni De­wani, al­legedly at the be­hest of her groom, Bri­tish mil­lion­aire Shrien De­wani.

This week we set out to find out how easy it was to pay for murder in Cape Town.

The re­sults were scary. In one day three peo­ple were found who were will­ing to kill some­one for money. The ask­ing price ranged from R5 000 to R15 000.

But while jour­nal­ists found it was not dif­fi­cult to find po­ten­tial hit­men, the hit­men wanted time to find out about their vic­tims’ habits, of­ten wanted to be paid up­front, charged more for high-pro­file vic­tims and pre­ferred to have the “client” re­ferred by some­one they trusted.

It took only half a day to round up a trio of young men will­ing to carry out a hit. How­ever, all three said con­duct­ing a hit would take sev­eral days, or even weeks, to or­gan­ise.

The three po­ten­tial hit­men all said they had been ap­proached to kill be­fore, but had var­i­ous rea­sons for turn­ing down the jobs – the client


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