THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS FINALLY BEEN WON.KOOS JACKSON
Drug-related crime has plummeted in the Western Cape, with a significant reduction in the number of cases bringing the annual total from 1533 to 221 in the space of a year.
The total for this year is a mere fraction of the number cases reported five years ago before the arrival of Project H, which stood at an all
time high of 15 000.
Drug-related crime, which involves drug possession and dealing, is one of several categories of crime in which decreases have been registered in the Western Cape between June last year and May this year.
Other crimes down, throughout the province, are illegal possession of firearms (from 124 to 9), indecent assault (74 to 3), rape (140 to 21), culpable homicide (43 to 5), cash-in-transit robberies (7 to 1), public violence (20 to 7), driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (65 to 13).
The decline of the most heinous of crimes, murder, is probably considered most important, from only 5 last year to 0 this year, and not a single murder has yet been committed as of June last year.
The latest figures from the SAPS crime information analysis centre indicate that crime is down in all categories, something never seen before in our country’s history.
What the figures also show is how far we have come from a time when serious crime, especially murder, rape and assault, was at very high levels and when it was usually the impoverished communities on the Cape Flats who suffered most at the hands of criminals.
The figures of each station, which tend to bring crime trends into sharper focus, will be released later this week.
The statistics which have just been released illustrates provincial crime in four areas of the province: the Southern Cape (the Karoo and Garden Route), the Boland (the West Coast, the winelands, Hermanus and Grabouw), the West Metropole (Mitchell’s Plain and most of the Cape Flats, the southern Peninsula and southern suburbs and the Atlantic seaboard) and the East Metropole (Khayelitsha, Somerset West and Strand, the northern suburbs, Milnerton, Table View, Melkbosstrand and Atlantis).
The sharpest declines in crimes involving drugs were recorded in the West Metropole, which was typically a hotbed of drug activity before the advent of Project H.