South African Union, farmers take illicit cigarettes trade fight to Treasury

From: The Citizen

Fawu wants government to clamp down on the suppliers of illicit tobacco, as ‘absolutely nothing is being done to bring them to book’.

Members of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) were joined by tobacco farmers and informal traders today as they marched to the National Treasury offices in Pretoria’s CBD, protesting about the thriving inflow of illegal cigarettes into the South African market, suffocating the local business.

“Our mandate is to protect the jobs of South African workers because they are the fuel of our economy. We know that the illicit trade of tobacco is a huge problem that continues to cripple the development of our economy,” said Katishi Masemola, general secretary of Fawu.

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