Lamoer speaks at Crime Line birthday

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer is among many guest at Crime Line's 5th birthday.

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

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer on Tuesday said young South Africans were being destroyed by drugs despite billions of rands worth of narcotics being seized.

Lamoer's comments come as the country's new police chief, Riah Phiyeha, was urged to reopen specialised anti-drug units.

The senior police officers, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Minister Trevor Manuel are amongst the guests at the fifth birthday celebration of the Crime Line initiative taking place in Johannesburg.

The initiative has led to around 3,000 arrests while the majority of tip offs it receives are drug related.

Lamoer said more must be done.

"We really must make an effort to change the face of young people in this country because drugs are destroying them."

Meanwhile, two people were arrested in a drug bust at Cape Town International Airport in the last week.

Recently, the United Nations (UN) identified South Africa as one of the biggest manufactures of tik in Africa.

Last week, the Central Drug Authority reported that tik had become the second largest illicit drug available in the country after dagga.

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