A Second Look at Drugs Trafficking

Posted by Ifedayo Oshin on Saturday, May 10, 2014 Under: Feature Articles


The issues of drugs dealing among foreign nationals in South Africa has been on the front burner in the last few weeks. Political parties such as the ANC and EFF are raising their voices against the heinous crime to humanity. Civil society and social organizations are not left out. Last week a women group known as United Nigerian Wives in South Africa also lent their voices to “No to drugs campaign with an awareness march in the Johannesburg CBD.
Unfortunately, it is perceived that only a certain people from a particular country are responsible for drugs peddling in South Africa. I do not support this view. And I believe that concerned government authority does not either.  In the last few years, many media reports have shown that drugs’ peddling in South Africa is not limited to some citizens of a particular country and neither are the locals (South African) exempted. A good example is that of a Nigerian man, Frank Nabolisa and a South African woman Sheryl Cwele who were jailed for their involvement in drug trafficking in 2011. Therefore, it will be erroneous to focus on certain citizens of a country and label them drug traffickers. This may give easy passage for others to continue this wicked act while blaming it on others.

Therefore, targeted violence against certain people in the name of fighting drugs may cause more harm rather fighting drugs peddling.  While not justifying drugs dealing, it must also be noted that if there are no willing buyers, drug dealers will be out of business and may have to resolve to destroy themselves by drinking their own poison. Drugs dealing thrive on available market. People fighting against drugs peddling should take this into account in their approach.

Finally, to foreign nationals in South Africa, drug dealing is not an option to true financial success. While drugs may bring you money for a short time, ask people who did it before you, money from drugs source does not last. Whatever is built or bought with it will surely be taken away from you. How do you expect to be successful and happy, when the drugs that you sell are destroying lives and family?

Remember it costs more to traffic drugs and it takes more time, risks and troubles to escape law officers and the law than learning genuine technical skills or starting a legal and profitable business. Why don’t you then, put the efforts and risks you put into drugs traffic into a small business or acquiring of useful skills and see the result. Remember, no peace for the wicked! The ghosts of lives destroyed by every drug sold will haunt you and your family. Beware brothers, what you sow; you will surely reap, sooner or later.


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