Heroin market grows nationally

CAPE TOWN - South African ports and authorities have been absorbed into the heroin economy according to a new report released by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (GIATOC)

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The organisation says since 2015 the heroin market nationally has grown substantially.

Senior Advisor at the group, Peter Gastrow, says operating on the East-African coast is relatively low-risk for drug traffickers earning it the name "the highway of impunity".

Gastrow commented that the local use of the drug has been "quiet but dramatic". People have begun to be addicted in increasing quantities.

The drug is called different names depending on the region but all share a common main ingredient: heroin.