040710 Pastor Frank Chikane preaching for the first time after he was honored as a Pastor of Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa at Naledi Assembly today.001 Picture: Ziphozonke Lushaba

South Africa's democracy is in crisis because of compromised leaders running the country to serve interests of crime syndicates, said Reverend Frank Chikane, the Sowetan reported on Thursday.

“If you read articles in the weekend newspapers about (former head of police crime intelligence Lieutenant-General Richard) Mdluli, you can see that we are in trouble,” the newspaper quoted the former director-general in the presidency saying.

Chikane is author of the book, “Eight Days in September – The Removal of Thabo Mbeki”. Speaking at his book launch at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, Chikane said the syndicates were employed within state security agencies and some worked outside the system, but have strong links with political leaders.

He said corruption in the country had increased since Nelson Mandela's presidency, and worsened under the current leadership. – Sapa