Drug-related crimes soar - stats

2012-09-20 19:10

Cape Town - Drug-related crimes have more than doubled in the past eight years, the latest crime statistics showed on Thursday.

Just over 84 000 cases were reported in 2004/5, jumping to 176 307 by March 31 this year.

Noting the year-on-year increase, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said: "Drug trafficking must become everybody's concern."

A breakdown of the crime per province showed the Western Cape was the worst affected with 77 609 cases reported in 2011/12.

KwaZulu-Natal had the second highest amount of drug-related crimes (37 415), while 25 949 cases were reported at Gauteng police stations.

Mthethwa said stamping this out required community mobilisation.

"All of society must take part in this national effort and effective systems of interaction with all social partners must be established," he said.

Global challenge

The minister said the nature of drug-related crime needed stronger co-ordination with authorities in other countries.

"We are also strengthening co-operation with our international and regional counterparts to address this global challenge, wherein drug trafficking routes are becoming more and more sophisticated."

Drug and alcohol abuse, followed by interpersonal arguments, were also blamed for more than two thirds of the country's murders.

The number of people arrested for being drunk behind the wheel increased to 69 441, up 2.9% from last year's figure.

Mthethwa said this was disconcerting as many road deaths resulted from drunk driving.

"It is against this disturbing background that we welcomed the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to charge people with murder instead of culpable homicide when death has resulted from car accidents."

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-20 19:22

    Did the minister give us a province by province breakdown for murder and rape, or is this just a dig at the DA?

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-20 19:23

    So minister when are you going to act against the Nigerians and ministers wives and dope dealing cops and... and...?

  • kurt.hilder - 2012-09-20 19:41

    The Western Province is run effectively and the cops do thier jobs, so its acctually a complement to the DA

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-09-20 19:58

    DA has done a GREAT job in what?? Dividing south Africans even further as whites are king there ... whites are really racist there!!!...blacks are believed to remain below pigs there... deal with drug issue you have there but i guess they are consumed by the kids in Constantia!!!

  • jody.beggs - 2012-09-20 20:10

    I would love to see the Gauteng stats if the cANCer have any ... Go DA...

  • jacoists - 2012-09-20 20:15

    Don't let the ammounts of drug related cases be regarded as negative. This should be seen as a positive reflection on us cops' fight against drugs. More vigilant actions are being taken against dealers and users and from there the increase in case load which means that its all sucesses. Drug related cases are opened by the Police members and such cases must be regarded as a positive progress in the fight against crime. The same counts for cases such as Driving under the influence of liquor.\r\nIn the past the offenders weren't arrested this vigourously. So give us Policemen credit as well.

  • sachasea - 2012-09-20 20:26

    It would be useful to have a further breakdown of these statistics so that we can see how much (in terms of police resources i.e. money and time) is dedicated to cannabis, TIK, cocaine, alcohol, etc. I'm willing to bet that the vast majority is spent on policing for cannabis, the least harmful of all of the aforementioned. A soft target those evil cannabis users aren't they?

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-09-20 21:47

      sasha, you have hit the nail on the head. remove the cannabis-linked "crimes" so that we can get the real picture regarding real drugs. it's not a drug, ffs = it's a plant...

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-09-20 20:55

    How is this a race/DA vs. ANC thing. Of course Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal would have the highest rates of drug-related crimes, Durban and Cape Town are the 1st ports of entry for the drugs, duh. It has nothing to do with the SAP's efforts in those provinces.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-20 22:17

    We are flooded with Nigerians in Cape Town but they wouldn't be here if there wasn't a big market for them! I know our cops here though and they are doing their best which is very good, as the government have understaffed our police stations by half and more since 2010. Even though we are constantly asking for more officers as our areas grow, they say we have enough , I'm afraid to really make a dent in the drug and crime rate we would need at least double the officers and not just anyone but trained officers.

  • malcolm.kyle.9 - 2012-09-21 09:42

    The only people that believe prohibition is working are the ones making a living by enforcing laws in it's name, and those amassing huge fortunes on the black market profits. This situation is wholly unsustainable. None of these substances, legal or illegal, are ever going to go away, but we CAN decide to implement policies that do far more good than harm. During American alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar? Ending prohibition would greatly reduce, even almost eliminate, the market in illegal narcotics, cause a reduction in the number of users and addicts, greatly curtail drug related illness and deaths, reduce societal harm from problematic abusers, and bring about an enormous reduction in the presence and influence of organized crime. The people who use drugs are our own children, our brothers, our sisters, our parents, and our neighbors. By allowing all adults safe and controlled legal access to psychoactive substances, we will not only greatly reduce the dangers for both them and ourselves but also greatly minimize the possibility of 'peer-initiation' and sales to minors.

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