FITA Press Release 07 October 2021

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We note with serious concern the latest allegations in the media that a British American Tobacco affiliated group has donated equipment worth millions for use by the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”).

This story comes hot on the heels of serious allegations of inter alia corruption, state capture and money-laundering against the aforementioned cigarette manufacturer.

Further, there have recently been a host of allegations against this particular manufacturer of non-compliance in the form of, amongst ...

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FITA Press Release 13 September 2021

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Rumblings of questionable practices by multinational cigarette manufacturers and private security firms associated with them first came to the fore during the ructions at the South African Revenue Service in 2014. We have in the past brought these allegations to the attention of the public.

These include but are not limited to the following practices:

  • Private investigators illegally entering private premises and planting surreptitious listening devices and bugging phones.
  • Private investigators operating an illegal ...
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FITA Press Release 19 June 2021

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We note, with a great degree of shock, the news that members of the South African National Defence Force, which is constitutionally mandated to defend and protect the Republic of South Africa, its territorial integrity and its people in accordance with

the Constitution and the principles of international law regulating the use of force, were arrested for allegedly transporting illicit cigarettes in a military vehicle with an alleged illegal immigrant.

As an organization ...

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FITA Press Release 01 June 2021

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The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (“FITA”) will tomorrow, 2 June 2021, be registering a criminal complaint with the South African Police Service against British American Tobacco South Africa (“BATSA”) in respect of numerous contraventions of inter alia the Tobacco Products Control Act 83 of 1993, and the regulations of the said Act, as well as contraventions of the Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964 read together with the rules incidental thereto.

On or ...

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FITA Press Release 18 April 2021

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FITA Press Release 18 April 2021

We commend the efforts of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department acting in conjunction with SAPS Crime Intelligence which bust a large consignment of 1600 master cases of illicit cigarettes on the Etwatwa off-ramp near Daveyton yesterday, 17 April 2021.

The cigarettes, which equate to approximately R 17 227 600.00 in unpaid taxes alone, entered into the country through the notoriously porous Beitbridge border post misleadingly described as cotton yarn. ...

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FITA Press Release 12 April 2021

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FITA Press Release 12 April 2021

Following the release, on 26 February 2021, of a report compiled by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (“OCCRP”) into smuggling and organized crime attributed to a number of multinational cigarette manufacturers in West Africa, but in particular British American Tobacco (“BAT”) through its South African subsidiary (“BATSA”), we have noticed consistent efforts by BATSA to divert attention away from very serious and damning allegations and evidence ...

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FITA Press Release 10 March 2021

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FITA Press Release 10 March 2021

We note, without any degree of shock, the latest attempt by multinational cigarette manufacturer BATSA to deflect and divert attention away from very serious and damning allegations of smuggling, corruption and the indirect funding of terrorism which were uncovered by a report compiled by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project into smuggling and organized crime by a number of multinational cigarette manufacturers in West Africa, but ...

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FITA Press Release 27 February 2021

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FITA Press Release 27 February 2021

We are not at all surprised by the revelations contained in a report released on 26 February 2021 by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project into allegations of inter alia smuggling against British American Tobacco and a host of other multinationals in West Africa.

We have for years on record stated that multinational cigarette manufacturers are the proverbial wolves in sheep’s clothing who seek to divert the ...

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FITA Press Release 24 February 2021

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FITA Press Release 24 February 2021

We note with a degree of disappointment the decision by National Treasury today during the National Budget Speech delivered by Minister Tito Mboweni to impose an 8 percent increase in the excise duties levied on alcohol and tobacco products. This despite the compelling evidence that increased excise taxes for the 2 industries have resulted in a booming illicit trade.

Theoretically it may appear sound to increase taxes for ...

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FITA Press Release 15 February 2021

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We note with concern the contents of the Maverick Citizen report on Cartel Power Dynamics in Zimbabwe which was released to the public on the 9th of February 2021.

This report paints a very grim picture of the state of affairs in one of our neighbouring countries, the effects of which are being felt on our side of the border impacting severely on many local industries, employers and their employees, the state coffers, and ...

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