To Catch a Cop: The Paul O'Sullivan Story by Marianne Thamm

By Marianne Thamm

This booklet is an account of Paul O’Sullivan’s function in supporting not to basically nail South Africa’s strongest policeman, but additionally the world’s most sensible cop. it's in keeping with millions of pages of emails, statements, affidavits, letters, press studies, courtroom files and transcripts in addition to interviews with O’Sullivan himself.

This model offers a viewpoint from his standpoint as a key participant within the saga. whereas O’Sullivan’s identify regularly seems to be in virtually each key breaking tale round the Selebi topic, his position, for no matter what cause, has been performed down.

The Jackie Selebi tale, and the satellite tv for pc narratives that orbited it, is a really amazing chronicle that calls for dedication and stamina to understand absolutely. there's quite a bit aspect, rather a lot subterfuge, mendacity, dishonesty and cover-up via Selebi and his cronies that this can be very difficult and nearly most unlikely to pick one accomplished, linear thread.

The drama performed itself out in several layers and strata of South African society, occasionally concurrently and sometimes in an it sounds as if unrelated type. The characters that populate the saga, except Jackie Selebi, contain the then president of the rustic, his political rival, myriad crooked, corrupt businessmen, a gallery of rotten, very senior rogue police officers, a phalanx of undercover intelligence operatives, two-bit employed weapons, scrap steel purchasers, drug and human traffickers, foreign felony syndicates and a forged of hundreds of thousands of common-or-garden-variety petty thugs and criminals.

“Sounds like a movie,” say so much of these who've requested approximately this project.

Yes, yet what's startling and anxious is this isn't any fairytale. these people who've turn into acquainted with the commodification of crime as “entertainment” in well known tv sequence have this have the desire to make experience of it by means of blurring fiction with chilling reality.

Paul O’Sullivan isn't any artful James Bond in a tuxedo, outfitted with distinctive gear, downing his martini surrounded through a bevy of girls. whilst facing criminals he should be abrasive, brusque and uncompromising. yet who wouldn’t be in a global that's populated with actual thugs and unsafe killers, those that kill, maim and disrupt legislation and order and destabilise the rustic? those are sociopaths and psychopaths who don't care how a lot damage they reason as they pass approximately their “business”.

So, what drove or drives O’Sullivan?

Revenge? A thirst for justice?

It’s easy particularly. Paul O’Sullivan hates criminals and low-lifes like canines hate flies. His lengthy profession in overseas legislation enforcement has built him with the highbrow and actual instruments to accommodate the main canny and violent of criminals. He enjoys searching them down and, just like the radioactive chunk that imbues Spiderman with certain powers, criminals supply O’Sullivan with an strength and a stamina that turns out to develop in percentage to the demanding situations they current him.

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