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Drugs leading to a crime high - researcher

Published on 2012-09-21

Police have conceded that gang warfare in the Western Cape is straining policing resources. An analysis of the crime statistics revealed that 13.1% of murders and 22.2% of attempted murders reported in the province between April 2011 and March this year were gang-related. The Western Cape recorded the highest drug-related crimes in the same period, with 77069 cases reported. In KwaZulu-Natal, 37415 drug-related cases were reported to the police. Johan Burger, a crime researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, said the drug trade led to turf wars. Gauteng also reported a dramatic leap in drug-related crimes, with 25949 cases reported between April 2011 and March, compared with 16457 cases reported the previous year. The crimes gradually increased in all provinces: ”Eastern Cape recorded 11654 cases, compared with 9566 the previous year; ”Free State recorded 4463 cases compared with 4209 the previous year; ”KwaZulu-Natal recorded 37415 cases, compared with 32457 previously; ”Limpopo recorded 5254 cases, compared with 4634 the previous year; ”Mpumalanga recorded 4153 cases, compared with 3178; ”North West recorded 7678 cases, compared with 7166 the previous year; and ”Northern Cape recorded 2672 cases, compared with 2418 previously. The number of drunk-driving cases also increased nationwide. PHILANI NOMBEMBE Times Live