SA a major drug manufacturing hub

Crime stats show SA has become a major manufacturing & transit point for the drugs trade.

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CAPE TOWN - South Africa has become a major manufacturing and transit point for the narcotics trade with drug-related crime on the rise, especially in the Western Cape.

That's apparent from the police's latest crime statistics for the past financial year.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega released the figures at Parliament yesterday.

Drug related crime rose by nearly 2,5 percent nationally but in the Western Cape the 88,000 cases reported reflected an increase of nearly four percent.

Phiyega said police dismantled 57 drug laboratories; 31 for growing dagga and 26 for synthetic chemicals.

She says there's a need for more crime prevention and awareness among the youth.

"If you look at cannabis and you look at wunga or nyaope, you start to realise that local use is drugs is growing and it is a complex area to police."

The drugs trade is run by organised syndicates and fuels some of the crimes that Stats South Africa says are most feared by South Africans including house robberies and burglaries.

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