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Wednesday, 12 September, 2001, 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK
Drugs crime rises in South Africa

South Africa's security minister Steve Tshwete has said that drugs are having a major impact on crime.

He blamed the rise in drugs-related crime to the fact that international syndicates have been flooding the country with drugs over the past year.

Mr Tshwete said a new strategy was needed to deal with the problem.

In a recent study, more than forty-five per cent of suspects tested positive for at least one drug shortly after they were arrested.

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