The country's heroin market is booming and experts warn it will only get worse.
PRETORIA - The country's heroin market is booming and experts warn it will only get worse.
Research paints a bleak picture for the future of young, unemployed, and desperate South Africans gripped by the drug.
According to ENACT Africa, heroin use is growing into an epidemic.
With limited rehabilitation centres and not enough manpower to infiltrate the trade, experts warn of severe social repercussions.
The research also shows that corrupt police officers taking bribes are complicit in the growing scourge while the drug trade is fueling gang violence.
There are an estimated 100,000 heroin users countrywide and about 3,000 in the capital city alone.
According to the report, the government must take steps now to avoid a potential social catastrophe.
Failure to do so, the report estimates, will result in around 20 million heroin users in the sub-Saharan region by 2040.