Russia-Africa anti-drug dialogue vital in global war on drugs - top cop

2016-03-09 15:16

Durban - Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Pahlane opened the Russia-Africa Anti-Drug Dialogue in Durban on Wednesday.

Delegates from several African states and Russia descended on the ICC to form resolutions on the international drug trade and the steps needed to combat it.

"In South Africa we have adopted a zero tolerance stance against illicit drugs and we welcome the establishment of South African Narcotics Bureau as announced by the President," he said.   

"Just as we have to unite in our respective countries, as a global community we must stand together against drugs."

"The SAPS welcomes the quantum leap we are taking with the Russian counterparts and the member states of the AU," Pahlane said.  

He said that he was confident that the summit would yield positive results, specifically a comprehensive counter-narcotics approach which was much needed.

National Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza said: "The world at large would be a better place if we didn’t have to worry about the scourge of drugs. The solution to a drug free world, the closure of all routes of drug dealers and addressing the root cause of the illicit trades lies with all of us here," he said.  

"We are all worried about the illegal drugs that have taken over the lives of our people. We have one aim, to achieve a drug free society."

Ntlemeza said that unity in planning and policy was vital.

"There is no higher calling than defeating drug traffickers and upholding the rule of law. Each of our countries has unique needs and approaches for this fight, but none of us can stand alone and succeed," he added.

“Drug crime knows no borders, they move across oceans and land with a complex network. Our enemies are motivated and capable, using changing tactics to assess our weaknesses. When we are divided and disorganised they break our laws with impunity."

"We are here to turn that around, to strike fear in their hearts and protect our people and punish the people who seek to do us harm."

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