Drug related crimes higher

19 September 2014 - 13:54 By Sapa

Drug-related crimes have increased by 26.1 percent in the 2013/14 financial year, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Friday.

"The concerning issue is that it appears that when this is on the increase, we need to deal with the consumers," she said.

She said consumers encouraged supply.

The detected increase showed better policing, she said.

Drug-related crimes increased by 210.4 percent over the past ten years.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs decreased by 1.8 percent in the past year; and by 133.1 percent over the past 10 years.