South Africa: drug fears over 2010 Fifa world cup

International criminal organisations could use the 2010 Fifa world cup, to be held in South Africa by June next year, for selling large amounts of drugs as over 400,000 sport-crazy visitors are expected to enter the country.

The alarm was recently launched by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and South Africa’s Central Drug Authority (CDA).

At a recent media conference Dr Jonathan Lucas, regional representative of the UNODC, pointed out the difficulty of adequately policing drug activities in South Africa with high levels of corruption in the police and among border officials. There is also a lack of adequate crime intelligence.

“Drug trafficking always increases with big events – in Germany the trade and use in drugs increased during the World Cup that was held there in 2006,” David Bayever, deputy chairperson of the CDA, a statutory body which advises government on substance abuse issues, tells IPS in an interview.


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