markets in
South Africa

An overview of the current illicit drug economies and recent developments, drawing from The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime's ongoing studies in the country.

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Key Indicators


Pretoria/Cape town/Bloemfontein




1,213,090 km²

Coastline Length

2,798 km

Landborder Length

5,244 km

GDP Total

US$430,167 Million

GDP Per Capita


Gini Index


Organised Crime Index

Criminality Score


State Resilience Score


Drug Market Values

Global values for 2020 in


Together, these drug markets in South Africa represent an estimated annual gross value of --.

Price Index

Mean price changes over time in

Mean and price changes over time in %

Drug Flows

Drug routes in South Africa

In 2019, the city of Pretoria had the highest number of drug flows mapped, with 33 surveillance locations in total from the heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine markets combined.

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Points of interest

User Profiles

People who use drugs (PWUD)

Respondents reported similar levels of cocaine, meth and heroin use.

Sample Photos

Samples from the street

A collection of samples examined by our research team.

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South Africa provinces

A detailed view at the local level, mapping data related to drug prices and PWUD profiles.