A case report on alcohol and crime in the Transkei region of South Africa
Keywords:crime, alcohol, stabbing, and death.
Background: Alcohol and crime are two-in-one, inseparable from each other as most of the crime
in South Africa is carried out under the influence of alcohol. Many deaths as well in South Africa are
attributed to alcohol consumption but, despite that, alcohol is available everywhere in country.
Objective: To highlight the problem of alcohol and crime in the Transkei region of South Africa.
Method: This case study is based on the case report histories which were obtained from the Mthatha
Forensic Pathology Laboratory.
Results: These are ten cases that provide examples of alcohol related deaths. All these deaths were
caused by stabbing (except one) where the perpetrator or victim or both were intoxicated. The primary
underlying cause of these fight was either money or girlfriends. The history, culture and circumstances
of these deaths are discussed in this manuscript.
Conclusion: Alcohol is a major cause of crime in the Transkei region of South Africa.
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