Drug trafficking has been a major challenge to the South African government despite all efforts to root out its effect from the society. To President Zuma, drug dealers have turned out to become a curse on the society.
The president who was addressing members of the parliament on Thursday, said drug dealings in the country is becoming rampant and is consuming most of the youths and teenagers in the country.
“Children are abusing parents, stealing furniture at home for money for drugs. Drug dealers are a real curse in the country,” he said while referring to a toxic drug that was sweeping through KwaMashu, Durban.
Reports of drug trafficking have been made by the police in many occasions with most culprits being severely punished but with that, more dealers on hard toxic drugs seem to be on the increasing side.
United Nations office on drugs and crime had last year, named South Africa the regional hub for drug trafficking with scores of South Africans being locked up in foreign lands after they were caught smuggling illegal substances across the borders.
According to the report, drug trafficking and organised crime has grown in South Africa since the mid 1990s, and has drawn on factors like the country’s porous borders, the increase in immigrants, and international trade links.
It referred drug trafficking as an extremely profitable enterprise for the over 200 organised crime syndicates in South Africa.
“There were links between the drug trafficking activities of organised crime groups and other criminal acts, ranging from car hijackings and robberies to the smuggling of firearms, stolen cars, endangered species and precious metals, the report added.
Admitting to this fact, President Zuma pleaded for families to report drug dealers and outlined the government’s plan to deal with the problem of drug abuse. He said, while there were still problems, government was building a better South Africa.
“We have definitely moved far away from what former President Nelson Mandela called the skunk of the world, into becoming one of the major players on the global stage,” he said.