A member of a criminal gang holds a gun at Northeast Commune - one of the shantytowns with the highest rates of urban violence and displacement due to disputes between gangs - in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia, taken on January 21, 2010.
But here at home, and particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, political assassinations are the norm, particularly around election time.
KwaZulu-Natal recorded almost 100 assassinations in the past 10 years.
And it’s not just opposition parties fighting each other. Many of the killings are within the ANC.
Do these killings have anything to do with ideals or is it just about money and power?
Checkpoint producers Jacqui Jayamaha and Julie Laurenz were themselves intimidated while trying to get to the bottom of the bloody tensions in a province with a long history of violence.
Watch their full video report above.