Press release – FITA – for immediate release
FITA notes with dismay the announcement today by SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter that SARS recently raided a cigarette-making plant which was in production despite the ban on tobacco sales.
We can unequivocally and with conviction confirm that the factory in question is not a FITA member. Both FITA and its attorneys have since the announcement by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr NKosazana Dlamini-Zuma directed correspondence to the relevant stakeholders vis-a-vis the level 4 regulations and whether FITA members may resume production for export purposes as per the provisions of the regulations. To date we have not had a firm response from government in as far as this is concerned.
This particular issue is also covered in our court papers which were served on government yesterday, and is part of the relief we seek from the courts in as far as the current regulations are concerned.
Our members have elected to put faith in our courts and to respect the regulations as they currently stand until ruled otherwise by a court of law.
We ask for confirmation from SARS that there is currently an investigation into this matter and hope that the authorities will take appropriate steps to revoke the license of the factory concerned forthwith.
Issued by Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association Chairperson Sinenhlanhla Mnguni
05 May 2020
For queries kindly contact Monique Vogel t: 072 720 7919; e: Monique@fita.co.za