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South Africa is cracking down on crime, illegal drugs and the cartels behind them in an attempt to build a drug-free country. The police have notched up an impressive list of busts, and the courts and the government are playing their parts too.
The police will step up their fight against alcohol and drug abuse, as these are key factors underlying violent crime in South Africa, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said after the release of the country's national crime statistics in Pretoria on Thursday.
South African Revenue Service customs teams seized a total of 54 kilograms of drugs worth almost R16-million at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport over the weekend.
A national campaign has been launched to raise awareness among South Africans, particularly young people, about the dangers of drug abuse.