n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - South Africa : an opportunistic narcoscapei for international drug trading

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



An inquiry based on primary source interviews and a literature study to the extent and nature of drug trading and trafficking into and out of South Africa appears to reflect the wider scope of the problem. It is apparent that South Africa is acknowledged as a supplier and receiver of as well as conduit route drugs. This paper examines the physical, social, individual, economic and political environment of the country that has attracted, facilitated and advanced the growth of the drug trade in the country. It also examines the problem of rampant corruption which aggravates these problems. The paper further acknowledges the laws that have been enacted in accordance with international best practices in this regard to address some of the issues identified, and assesses the efficacy and success of the laws. Finally, the authors reflect on the stumbling blocks to eliminating the problems identified, and put forward proposals for future action.

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