"Drug trade in South Africa is escalating" - Criminologist

Speaking to Eye Witness News after a recent spate of drug busts in the city, Simon Howell says South Africa’s drug trade has grown by 60 to 70 percent in the past decade.

Last year, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) released a paper which looked at the prevalence of the drug economy in Cape Town. The paper found that tik, cannabis, heroin and cocaine have created an array of problems for law enforcement, policy makers, city officials and local residents in the city.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Dr Simon Howell, Criminologist at the Centre of Criminology at UCT:

Essentially the drugs have increased and the economic value has increased and the police have increased their operations

Dr Simon Howell, Criminologist

Since the beginning of August there have been numerous major drug busts across the country, Eye Witness News.

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