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SA a 'key transit hub' for global heroin, cocaine trade

By Jeff Wicks | Mar 09, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 9 ]

South Africa, and Africa as a whole, has become a key transit hub for Afghan heroin and Latin American cocaine.

The limitless funding of drug cartels and the violence brought with them to transit routes through the continent, fuelled social and political destabilisation of African countries.

Russian Federal Drug Control Service’s Victor Ivanov, speaking at the Russia-Africa Anti-Drug Dialogue in Durban, said that drug trafficking should be viewed as seriously as terrorism.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said: "The primary source and reason for the global drug situation are two centres of drug production, specifically heroin from Afghanistan and cocaine from Latin America."

"Over four trillion dollars, proceeds of this drug trade, feeds the transnational crime networks. Large scale production and trafficking to different markets leads to a surge in related violence, as well as political and social instability," he said.

Ivanov said that African states often fell victim to drug trafficking organisations that ran as a "quasi-state entity within African states".

"This [the illicit drug trade] has volumes equivalent to the GDP of some African countries and contributes to the violence in these transit countries."

"Illegal drug trafficking clearly correlates with problem in state governance and poor economic performance," he said. 

He said that piracy in international waters off the coast of Africa was directly linked to the international drug trade.

"The drug related essence of the problem [of piracy] is being covered up, the fundamental basis of piracy is trafficking expensive drugs. Africa shows the most clear example of destructive effect of drug trafficking and we see how harmful the situation is becoming," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Malamula

Nigerians are to be blamed, and Zuma wants more of them over, now I understand why one of his ministers wife was busted for dealing, think Zuma is also a dealer.

Mar 09, 2016 12:26 | 1 replies

lelike

Is there anything good that can label Zuma with good leadership skills.

Mar 09, 2016 12:29 | 1 replies

sthenjwa4582

He is bringing more of his kind (Nigerians) into the country...to cover his tracks.

Mar 09, 2016 12:35 | 0 replies

Kgonyoh

but with that said unemployment, inequality and poverty remains high in SA and Africa as whole, I have heard drugs can be money generating

Mar 09, 2016 12:31 | 2 replies

Tso-girl

money generating while ruining people's lives. i think we rather remain poor in Africa than making money through drugs

Mar 09, 2016 12:47 | 0 replies

RobinX

So are you actually suggesting that increasing the trade in drugs here in SA is desirable? You are crazier than I thought.

Mar 09, 2016 12:51 | 0 replies

skwamasamabele1

Drug trafficking SHOULD be treated like Terrorism. But many African leaders and businessmen are dealers themselves, it would be hard for them to police themselves.

Mar 09, 2016 12:42 | 0 replies

luv-me-tender

I knew someone was going to say Nigerians, you forget the likes of Radovan Krejčíř and many like him who are far from being Nigerians

Mar 09, 2016 12:34 | 0 replies

IndigenousNconservative

I blame the USA for this. The USA is behind the drug trade. They occupied Afghanistan then the farmers started planting opium for heroin under their rule. They are in Columbia and Columbia is number one exporter of cocaine

Mar 09, 2016 12:55 | 0 replies