SA ‘popular drug route’

Gareth Wilson

SOUTH African ports of entry are increasingly being used as an international gateway for the trafficking of drugs to Europe.

This is according to the recently released European Union Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment which highlights a change in organised crime trafficking routes, linking it to the economic crisis and consumer demand which has led to shifts in criminal markets.

But South African crime experts say the trafficking of drugs through South Africa is not a new trend, but a “continuing problem” at the country’s harbours and airports.

Institute of Security Studies cross-border organised crime researcher Charles Goredema said most ports in Southern Africa were known drug gateways.

“It is difficult to say if there is an increase or decrease as you can only really tell based on the seizures and arrests. These syndicates are known to continuously change their shipping routes to avoid detection,” he said.

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