With the recently published report on the State of Urban Safety placing Cape Town as the murder capital of the country, authorities believe substance abuse could be the main cause of excessive violence in the Mother City.
The crime levels in the Cape, most notably the murder levels, have risen dramatically in the last 4 years far surpassing the national average.
The report mentions potential correlations to drug and alcohol abuse in specific areas as being drivers of this increased violence.
Local police have also stated that gangsterism, which utilises the drug trade as a means of financing nefarious activities, should also be held in mind as a definite cause of extreme violence.
The City of Cape Town's JP Smith says municipal law enforcement bodies efforts to tackle the drug trade are being constantly boosted.
“I think there is a new debate opening up about the appropriate way to respond to the drug crisis and whether enforcement is an effective plank in that platform.”
Provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato adds there are targeted plans in place to address social ills such as substance abuse.
“That is why the Western Cape Government has addressed this issue in what we call the ‘alcohol harm reduction game changer’, to educate our communities about the dangers of alcohol. We will continue with this drive as far as we can and understand it’s not for the police to do alone.”