By Alec Hogg
When employed to shape human behaviour, tax is a blunt weapon. Even so, that hasn’t stopped politicians applying its misguided logic to disguise the real reason for all taxes – raising funds to finance a mushrooming public sector.
Latest tax subterfuge is the proposed 2.29c per gram levy on sugar, justified on the grounds of growing South African obesity. Chairman of Coca Cola Sabco, Phil Gutsche, says the sugar tax puts 60 000 jobs at risk. As he’s spent half a century at the company his father also directed, I’d wager Gutsche knows what he’s talking about.