Mugabe family linked to cigarette smuggling

2013-12-29 07:27

Johannesburg - A prominent Zimbabwe tobacco company, with ties to President Robert Mugabe, is suspected of smuggling millions of rands worth of illegal cigarettes into South Africa in what is thought to be a bid to help boost the country’s ailing economy.

The Sunday Times reported that Zimbabwe's Savanna Tobacco is owned by prominent businessman Adam Molai, who is married to Mugabe’s niece, Sandra Mugabe. Savanna Tobacco is believed to have moved tons of contraband into South Africa.

Savanna’s main brand, Pacific cigarettes, is allegedly being smuggled into the country and sold primarily in Cape Town.

In the past, Mugabe has openly supported Savanna and only a year ago accused rival company British American Tobacco (BAT) of spying on Savanna and hijacking its trucks.

  • Consider Aswell - 2013-12-29 07:36

    Once a common criminal, always a common criminal it seems. He steals from his people and country, why not smuggling? Common criminal.

      Vincent Ndhlovu - 2013-12-29 08:26

      Mugabe must just give up.

  • Mabena da Don - 2013-12-29 07:37

    zim is dead... Mugabe give up!

      Ashanzi Afrika - 2013-12-29 08:34

      I so agree with you. It's a pity the brainwashed ZANU-PF supporters can't see the wood for the trees! They always argue how brilliantly their economy is "recovering", but since the MDC left government it has declined drastically. Already 700 companies have closed their doors and thousands added to the unemployment pool. Zimbabwe is the black sheep of Africa - the under-dogs!

      Robert Moergabe - 2013-12-30 14:39

      Eish, they should be rastas they are all smoked up. Up in smoke. They need to send somee zolle to zuma, it might just help him from making a constant fool of himself.

  • Grace Andtruth - 2013-12-29 07:39

    I presume Zum and his thugs will just overlook this! He's probably getting a cut anyway.... Bunch of thieves

  • sxp - 2013-12-29 07:50

    The ANC will not care, as Mugaab is their buddy bigtime.

  • UNITY - 2013-12-29 07:51

    This really underminds..the growth and jobs in our country. Our government is useless ..and just as guilty for lack of border and immigration control! We should be creating more jobs by deploying more security along our border lines!

  • Calvin Bruce Combrink - 2013-12-29 07:58

    ill bet our government will solve the problem by raising the taxes on legal ciggarettes, thus making more smokers illegal.

      themba.khoza.14224 - 2013-12-29 08:21

      You hear the word "Mugabe" and you jump the fence. At least he smuggles cigarettes and not rhino horns. He sells his cheap cigars amongst Africans. If I was in Zim, I'd go ask for a piece of land and starts myself a sugar cane farm. Never rely on handouts. If you can't take it. Australia has a welcoming room. Ask their ambassador.

      Paul Mangwiro - 2013-12-29 18:32

      @ Calvin Bruce Combrink, I think you are close to the truth there. The high demand for contraband tobacco seems to be fueled by the very high taxes on legal cigarettes plus the corrupt customs and anti-smuggling officials who get a cut by allowing the consignments to pass.

      Paul Mangwiro - 2013-12-29 18:57

      @ Never again, how very ironic that you mention sugar cane farming! During the land grabbing some guys "impounded" a whole estate of standing cane and chased the white farmer away, and guess what followed: they failed even to harvest the crop and what a waste it was! I can imagine how dismal the failure would have been if they had to start the farming from scratch!

  • Udzai Munhumumwe - 2013-12-29 08:23

    I dismissed the story the moment I saw the line that says the bad guys are Indigenous firm SAVANNAH and the GOOD guys are BAT or BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO! Seriously...its like South Africans thinking ANGLO AMERICAN LIMITED is a SOUTH AFRICAN company! It is not. BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO must be smoking something!

      Marnus De Jager - 2014-01-06 13:51

      Actually the original anglo american group was and still is owned by the Oppenheimer family... Sorry to burst your bubble

  • Tshireletso Molobi - 2013-12-29 08:52

    I am nt surprised. Mugabe is not a saint

  • Lunetic Mental - 2013-12-29 09:02

    wander just how this Zim rubbish get acros the borders? Maybe with some help, say from certain cANCer members?

      Paul Mangwiro - 2013-12-29 19:13

      It's actually a whole collusive chain comprising customs officials, traffic police and, ironically, ANTI-SMUGGLING police with those consignments that get caught being exceptions where one who was supposed to get a cut does not get it, and blows the whistle!

  • Bruce Mawillis - 2013-12-29 09:10

    These people are not even related. President Mugabe is from a different tribe , different province from Sandra Mugabe and they have different totems. Maybe BAT is mad because Savannah is taking over in Southern Africa.

  • Sonnyboy Simelane - 2013-12-29 11:18

    Is the only way of fighting international sanctions,Mugabe owns tobacco,dairy and banks people are starving for sure !!!!

  • Alan Smith - 2013-12-29 11:19

    No surprise

  • Monwabisi Ntamnani - 2013-12-29 11:30

    I think Robber Mgabe & Zuma they buddies when it comes to still 4rom poor they inhale that'' we not surprise because is African way of make living by hustling poor people.

  • Rohin Jadin - 2013-12-29 14:38

    The African way

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-12-29 15:59

    What river getting desperate

  • Rob Tubbs - 2013-12-29 17:02

    Hey 'Bob' have you not 'Raped' your country of enough riches that your family now have to smuggle illegal cigarettes into South Africa, and obviously the rest of the world... Oh by the way, when you going to re-introduce the Zim Dollar so you can print your own money. Why not just role over and die. The damage you have caused to this Continent is not measurable.....

  • Angie Bryson - 2013-12-29 18:22

    Where there is smoke there must be fire

      louis.elst - 2013-12-30 13:06

      And the fire must burn those involved and roast Mugabe who is the biggest crook and nothing gets done

      Parry Nyte - 2015-04-28 10:36

      Correction ANGIE...where there's smoke there is a an addict Mugabe

  • Petrus Pieterse - 2013-12-29 21:07

    " accused rival company British American Tobacco (BAT) of spying on Savanna and hijacking its trucks." Lol Not even in the same league BAT= Net income, £4.122 billion (2012) and Safanna?LMGA Mugabe hulle sal nie jou gesteelde trokke high jack nie vir jou Z class smokes nie.

  • John Short - 2013-12-30 09:08

    The cigarettes are not too bad. :)

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  • Parry Nyte - 2015-04-28 10:33

    Who is responsible for chopping off all the Zims thumbs.....not many thumbs down.....

  • BULLSHARK - 2015-06-20 11:48

    He must have ties with the ANC...corrupt

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