South African cop escapes to Greece after blowing whistle on police brutality


The last thing whistleblower Aris Danikas remembers as he shut the door to his family home in South Africa was the curtains.

“You’re in a panic and you think, what can you take with you?” he said. “I was full of adrenalin and fear.”

It’s been hurry up and wait for the former police reservist who fled to Greece in 2008 fearing for his life. He fled after collecting incriminating evidence against Durban’s Cato Manor organised crime unit, an elite unit of the South African Police Service accused of running a “death squad”, according to Danikas, and committing scores of assassinations over suspected cop killings and taxi wars.

Following Danikas’ publication of a series of videos and photos in 2009 that he says depicts extrajudicial killings, tampering with crime scenes, and the…

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