SOUTH AFRICA CRIME RATE TO DECREASE
By: Mandisa Magwaza
The Durban University of Technology’s newly opened Urban Future Centre at Steve Biko Campus was home to the ground-breaking seminar on drug markets.
The centre, established early this year, aims to bring together knowledge and practitioner networks in an established academic space.
The initiative is set to build research partnerships between the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the University of Western Ontario (WHO), which will begin primarily with research in November this year.
At this particular seminar, drug abuse was the subject of matter.
Guest speaker and Associate Professor of Sociology at WHO, Dr Laura Huey, emphasised that drug abuse was not only a crime related problem but also a community burden.
“Understanding how the local whoonga market operates, its individual and social cause and effects, entails talking with addicts, drug experts and families,” she said.
She added that drug related violence reported in South Africa is relative to the current North American markets, thus implying the viability of the methods used in America.
These suggestions stirred thoughts as senior authorities are considering applying this strategy in the event that the current one is declared to have failed.
Metro Police representative Captain Digaan Motsamai, stated that the seminar was good for the community, and highlighted a different approach towards crime that could be adopted by the country.
He further mentioned that the police are more than willing to take part as Metro-Police also tries to involve the community in such projects.
Ben Madokwe from the Community Policing Forum commended the value of such discussions.
“I am grateful about this initiative as it opened a conversation on how we can fight drugs and work together as a community which is a very difficult thing to do. If we come together we can build an impact to fight against drug trait and drug abuse,” said Madokwe.