16 million illegal cigarettes seized

2012-06-08 20:10

Johannesburg - More than 16 million contraband cigarettes were seized across the country in May, the Tobacco Institute of SA (Tisa) said on Friday.

"Illegal traders are costing the country as much as R4bn in excise duties and VAT not paid," Tisa chief executive officer Francois van der Merwe said in a statement. He said the illicit trade in cigarettes had become a serious problem in South Africa, with major inflows from the border with Zimbabwe.

During May, police seized 1.6 million illegal "Pacific" cigarettes from a retailer in Clanwilliam, Western Cape, while border control officials seized about 11 million illegal cigarettes at Beit Bridge, Van der Merwe said.

  • fanie.mdluli - 2012-06-08 20:46

    There mus be something we as a community can do to stop this.The police can do routine checks on all shops and supermarkets,arest and fine these perpetrators.

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-08 20:54

      Basic economics! The consumer will always look for a cheaper source, Blame the government for making our smokes so bloody expensive

      icarus.smith.90 - 2012-06-08 20:59

      True, I used to pay 50 bucks for a carton.

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-06-09 06:30

      Yeah, run to the PO PO fanie. You just gonna piss them off , by interrupting their KFC guzzling session.

  • icarus.smith.90 - 2012-06-08 20:55

    Thank god I gave up smoking and no longer finance government through this easy cash cow.

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-06-08 20:56

    This shows that land invasions in Zim is working but we are told lies by whites that black farmers are not capable, look at Zim black tobacco farmers,land n economy to the black pple

      icarus.smith.90 - 2012-06-08 21:03

      Um, it's dirt cheap. Hence no economy for the people as a whole. Jus a few elitist's. Stop lying to yourself.

      renny.meere - 2012-06-08 21:04

      You're absolutely right, just look at their strong currency, oh they don't have one, ok, look at their strong economy, oh they don't have that either. Busisiwe best you keep quite, you make white people seem very intelligent.

      busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-06-08 21:16

      Meere whites are not intelligent they are good at lying and brainwashing look at Bush n Blair,land n economy to the black pple

      Daan - 2012-06-08 21:23

      busisiwe. Go sit in the corner & shut-up. This forum is for people who can think, and act intelligently. Not for Morons.

      wdvilliers - 2012-06-08 21:24

      You are in denial...enough said

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-08 21:54

      What's race gotta do with it? Damn you

      Katleho DirtySoul Tlokotsi - 2012-06-09 02:29

      Busisiwe you are and idiot and your uttering has no place here, please go find a comic book to read instead of being such a nuisance... NXA!!!

  • Daan - 2012-06-08 21:18

    What a pity they were caught. Now I have to look for another supplier. Maybe I must start a smugling network for cigarettes and booze, and make a few bucks I dare not declare and pay tax on.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-06-09 06:27

    The government created this black market with the tax on ciggerettes. It's a very lucrative business , many unemployed are making a living , feeding themselves and families selling these smokes. Support to poor buy illegal cigarettes. 90 % of the smokers I know smoke them. I am actually puffing on one right now. Coff coff :-)

      stanford.swarts - 2012-06-13 08:14

      Lol.. paying 33 bucks for a pack of smokes will kill me long before smoking does. I say let's pool our resources and networks and make sure the stock gets through. Free enterprise baby.!!!Power to the people

  • Preshen - 2012-06-09 10:31

    Do not smoke while breastfeeding you can burn your boobs

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