It is unbelievable that so many kilograms of drug somehow find its way through our borders and the worst part is the effect it has on our daily lives. According to the US State Department in their 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report “South Africa is the largest market for illicit drugs and trafficking. As previously stated in various articles, is South Africa the largest market for illicit drugs in sub-Saharan Africa, with the trafficking and use of drugs on an upward trajectory.
EXPERTS are calling it the African “Smack Track”: a circuitous route to smuggle heroin from Afghanistan to Europe, passing through east Africa. Two drug busts in November, netting 712kg of the stuff, closed a record year for heroin seizures off the coast of Kenya. The haul is less a sign of improved policing and more evidence of the growing importance of the route. The largest seizure took place in April, when an Australian warship found more than a tonne of heroin hidden among sacks of cement on a dhow in international waters. As routinely happens on the high seas, the drugs were dumped overboard, while the crew and vessel were allowed to go. The discovery, with an estimated street value of $240m, was equivalent to all the heroin seized off east Africa between 1990 and 2009.
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AIizea Smit sits on a plastic crate in front of her fruit and vegetable stand in Wynberg, Cape Town. It is a convenient spot. There is brisk custom for her oranges and avocados. And her heroin dealer is on the corner, just a few metres away. Ms Smit (not her real name) has used the drug for six years, buying three or four pellets a day at 30 rand ($2.21) each. If she does not sell enough fresh produce to feed her habit, she works as a prostitute in the evening. “Heroin is the worst,” she says. “It’s the first drug I’ve taken that you can’t escape.”
Until recently heroin addicts were rare in Africa. In the 1980s and 1990s users could be found largely in tourist spots, such as Zanzibar, or in enclaves of white hipsterdom in cities like Johannesburg. Since 2006, however, heroin consumption has increased faster in Africa than in any other continent, according to the un Office on Drugs and Crime (unodc). The trade in the drug is having ruinous effects, not just on public health, but on politics, too.
A 2018 International Narcotics Control Report states that South Africa is the largest market for illicit drugs in sub-Saharan Africa. Hawks Brigadier Ebrahim Kadwa says working with both African and international countries will help the fight against drug trafficking.
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A 2018 International Narcotics Control Report says South Africa is the largest market for illicit drugs in sub-Saharan Africa. Section Head for the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Brigadier Ebrahim Kadwa, criminologist Simon Howell, and deputy secretary of the UN Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs Shaun Shelly, and Director of the Assisted Recovery Centres of Africa Natrishka Naidoo explains why.
A new report shows that South Africa is the largest market for illicit drugs in sub-Saharan Africa.
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