Dbn port, airport in UN drug report

2014-03-05 00:00

THE frequency with which drug smugglers had tried to breach Durban’s port and airport has seen the city named for the first time ever in the annual report of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Dr Lochan Naidoo, INCB immediate past first vice-president and South Africa’s representative on the United Nations INCB, said international syndicates had targeting Durban and Eastern Cape harbours.

Naidoo was speaking at the Durban University of Technology yesterday for the global launch of the annual report.

He raised concerns about the number of drug seizures at King Shaka International Airport.

“King Shaka has become an area where there is seizing of cocaine.”

He said the Gulf States had found themselves in a similar predicament.

Last month The Witness reported that police had arrested alleged drug smugglers at King Shaka International Airport.

Eugene Brits (43) allegedly had 1,5 kg of cocaine taped to his body and Jo-Anne Esme Farrell (54) was found with 1,16 kg of cocaine.

“This is the first time ever that our city has been mentioned in the report,” said Naidoo.

This is the 45th annual report since the board was established in 1968 in accordance with the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961.

Naidoo said the expansion of Durban’s harbour was a concern as there would be an increase in the number of shipping containers.

He fears that harbour personnel may be ill-equipped and poorly trained to identify drugs that make their ways to Durban’s shores.

He told The Witness that KwaZulu-Natal is a small province and any form of “transaction” could lead to an increase in consumption.

Heroin and cocaine come via Kenya, India and Pakistan and the supply to Africa in general was on the increase, he said.

The report states that the use of containerised consignments and marine shipping of cocaine through West Africa to Europe is on the increase, while the prevalence of cannabis abuse continues to be high in the continent.

According to the report, each dollar spent on prevention and treatment programmes can save up to 10 dollars in the future.

Some of the recommendations include prevention.

Transnet is currently in its implementation phase to expand Durban port and its container terminals.

and strengthening governance.

Meanwhile, DUT’s spokesperson Alan Khan said of about 4 500 students from Durban residences, 15% are drug users, 2% sell their bodies for drugs and 10% of the female students are dating sugar daddies to feed their habits.

Female students use drugs more often than male students.

Khan believes it is important for the university to engage in these discussions and create awareness.

He said most of their campuses are situated near the Warwick Junction area where there is a hive of activity close to bus stations and taxi ranks.

Khan said police have even arrested drug dealers who posed as students so they could make sales.

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