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Tik taking over South Africa

Tik has now become the second largest illicit drug available in South Africa after dagga.

Tik worth an estimated R3 million was confiscated at Cape Town International Airport on 1 July 2012. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Central Drug Authority on Tuesday said tik has now become the second largest illicit drug available in South Africa after dagga.

The comments come just days after the United Nations identified South Africa as one of the biggest players in Southern Africa in the manufacture of tik.

According to the 2008 UN Office on Drugs and Crime report, tik emerged in South Africa in Gauteng in 2003, before it reached the Western Cape.

Over the weekend, a 46-year-old woman was arrested at Cape Town International Airport for possession of tik worth over R3 million.

The Central Drug Authority's David Bayever said there was an alarming increase in the use of tik.

"It's readily available. It used to be more prevalent in the Western Cape, but now we are seeing it throughout the entire country."

The drug is popular because it is relatively cheap, a small bag of it sells for between R60 and R80.

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