MARCH PRESS RELEASE

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Press release – FITA – for immediate release
The local South African tobacco manufacturers that make up the membership FITA, and who
comprise of all the major local manufacturers have been having a devil of a time in exposing
the misdeeds of multi-national tobacco manufacturers. For reasons unknown to FITA, neither
the media, nor our law enforcement agencies seem to have any appetite to pursue and
expose credible cases of corruption, fraud, money-laundering, racketeering which implicate
primarily British American Tobacco ...

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Press release – FITA – for immediate release

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Press release – FITA – for immediate release
FITA has taken note of the media report concerning British American Tobacco today. See: https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2018-02-19-exclusive-tobacco-giant-usedstate-to-spy/

FITA welcomes the fact that foreign law enforcement agencies have now visibly started to act on the allegations that have been in the public domain for some time now.

FITA members will make themselves available to both the SFO and OLAF in this regard and make available to them any evidence available at their disposal.

FITA believes it is now ...

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FITA PRESS RELEASE 2 FEBRUARY 2018

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Press release – FITA – for immediate release
We note with concern the recent comments in the media attributed to one Francois van der
Merwe of the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa, which organization primarily represents
the interests of 3 large foreign multinationals whilst masquerading as a champion for local
farmers, which farmers have long been exploited by foreign multinationals, and wish to reply
in connection thereto as follows:
The simple reality is that whilst illicit manufacturing and smuggling may ...

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STEINHOFF, AND HOW MANY OTHERS?

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The Steinhoff saga is not the first instance of large corporation engaging in irregular/unlawful activity. We are only scratching at the surface. Last year we brought to light evidence of rogue spies, money laundering and unlawful surveillance by certain multinationals.

The multinational concerned publicly announced it had instructed a firm of attorneys to conduct investigations on their behalf in respect of allegations which included corruption, money-laundering, tax evasion, unfair trade practices, and undue influence over state officials.

We have written to the ...

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PUBLIC INTEREST HAS BAT RUNNING SCARED

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FITA has noted Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, intends to have the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act submitted to cabinet for approval in early 2018.

FITA encourages engagement with local manufacturers by government on the amendments, and whole-heartedly rejects BAT South Africa’s heavy handed bullying tactics and threats to government with regard to measures ...

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FITA WELCOMES PIC STANCE ON BAT

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Business Day article, titled “PIC vetoes BAT political donations”, dated 02/11/2017, refers.

FITA’s long standing position that BAT is playing unfairly in the tobacco industry is validified by the above article.

The PIC has stepped in to stop what appears to be attempts to have agency over state officials, political parties, and government policy.

FITA commends that the PIC has vetoed attempts by BAT to seek means to extend donations to political organisations and persons of influence. We wish to point out that ...

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TOBACCO CONFLATION – TWO IS NOT ALWAYS ONE

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Lest we hastily forget the lessons learnt from the recent controversies surrounding a buzz-phrase invented by a foreign PR firm created to misdirect attention from unwanted interrogation, perhaps we should question every attempt at a buzz phrase:

The narrative of “smuggling” and “Illegal cigarette manufacturers” in the tobacco industry has been subject of a significant media spend by the big players in the industry. Whilst the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (“FITA”) fully supports, and benefits from, the crackdown on illegal sales, ...

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The BAT whistle-blower: Francois van der Westhuizen

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The man who blew the whistle on the alleged racket of bribes relating to British American Tobacco (BAT) says he and his wife still get death threats.

“Often, my wife will be in a shopping centre and guys who’ve clearly followed her will tell her they’re going to come get us,” says Francois van der Westhuizen in an interview with the Financial Mail.

“It doesn’t bother me; I’ve had plenty of threats in ...

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British American Tobacco ‘bribed’ police – affidavit

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Johannesburg – JSE-listed conglomerate British American Tobacco (BAT) and the private security firm it has contracted have been accused of running a scheme of bribing South African police officers, spying on competitors using police cameras, and even sourcing confidential business information on one of its rivals from officials in the SA Revenue Service (Sars).

The latest explosive allegations against BAT are contained in a sworn affidavit made by a former employee of Forensic Security Services (FSS), a private security outfit run ...

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British American Tobacco ‘bribed’ police – affidavit

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Johannesburg – JSE-listed conglomerate British American Tobacco (BAT) and the private security firm it has contracted have been accused of running a scheme of bribing South African police officers, spying on competitors using police cameras, and even sourcing confidential business information on one of its rivals from officials in the SA Revenue Service (Sars).

The latest explosive allegations against BAT are contained in a sworn affidavit made by a former employee of Forensic Security Services (FSS), a private security outfit run ...

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