CT’s anti drug war given R10m boost by US

CAPE TOWN – The United States has invested more than R10 million in the City of Cape Town’s anti-drug and gang initiative.

Eight metro police officers will fly to Botswana this month to undergo training under the auspices of America’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Over 60 training opportunities have been provided under this collaboration since 2009.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee member for safety and Security, JP Smith, says under this partnership with the DEA, the Cape Town Metropolitan Police Department has become more effective in the war on drugs.

Last year, over 2,000 drug related arrests were made.

More than 43,000 units of narcotics were taken off the streets.

The city has also revealed a new campaign against drug peddlers will be launching in March.