South Africa's heroin crisis due to 'neglect': expert

South Africa has a heroin crisis that's according to a report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.

JOHANNESBURG - The crisis of heroin in South Africa goes largely undetected by the police and the government according to a new report.

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime released an examination into the transport and use of heroin across the country.

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One of the researchers and senior analyst Simone Haysom spoke to eNCA about the report.

Haysom said "one of the reasons heroin's role in South Africa has been so obscured is that we don't realise it is the active ingredient in drugs like nyoape and others".

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A prevalent drug in every one of the major metros and is showing up in smaller cities as well.

Out of the transport route to other countries in Europe and Canada, a local market has emerged.

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Political protection for heroin smuggling is a problem in other countries according to the report.

"We don't find evidence of those same relationships in South Africa and I think here the story is sadly much more one of neglect," Haysom stated.