April Fools: Tax on coffee all in fun

2013-04-02 00:00

DID you choke on your morning coffee yesterday, when you read that the government, “in a move to curb South Africa’s growing reliance on caffeine” had proposed a sin tax on coffee?

If you fell for it, oops you were fooled on April Fool’s Day.

Our readers can now breathe a sigh of relief to know that it was just a prank and we hope it put a smile on your faces.

A reader from Mountain Rise certainly seems to have fallen for it. He wrote a heartfelt letter criticising the government’s “move”.

“The government’s intrusion into all matters personal, which has now reached our kitchens, is indicative of a big brother policy by the state — all done to fill the national coffe(e)r!,” he said.

That’s was not all, he added: “Not content with an array of direct and indirect tax, the state’s reach into our pockets is one more effort to control the lives of its citizenry — ostensibly using health as a substitute for wealth!”

However, we are also pleased that we made Sonia Graham’s day. Graham, from Montrose, thanked the paper for the “brilliant” joke.

She said the fact that the Health Department official quoted was named Barry Star (say it aloud), tickled her the most.

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