Reports have it that four suspects were brought before the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court today after they were indicted in a drug bust involving drugs valued to worth R1.2 million.
The Western Cape police confirmed this revealing that the suspects were arrested at a house in Marina da Gama on Tuesday. They include two women aged 40 and 48; and two men, aged 21 and 39.
Speaking, police spokesperson – Andre Traut related that the police received a tip-off about a possible drug delivery to the house. As such, the police “proceeded to an address in Dabchick Road, where the residence and a blue Toyota Corolla were searched.
“The police came upon an amount of tik inside the house and more than 30 000 mandrax tablets were found stored in the Toyota Corolla,” Traut stated and added that the drugs have an estimated street value of R1.2 million.
South Africa has been regarded the drug capital off the world in many occasion. The World Health Organization (WHO) not long ago, opined that 15% of South Africa’s population have drug problem and that drug issues cost the country R20 billion each year.
It’s a popular opinion in South Africa that the drug problems are championed by foreigners in the country. Often, Nigerians living in South Africa are regarded as drug lords who enrich themselves by circulating drugs in the country.
While the sentiment above can not be substantiated, it’s believed that South Africans use drugs in order to escape the harsh realities of poverty and hardship in the country.
Essentially, South Africans use drugs because “their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors…(they) need drugs, apparently, because (they) have lost each other,” says Wendell Berry.