FITA unimpressed by R600k tobacco bust: Mere drop in the ocean

FITA unimpressed by R600k tobacco bust: Mere drop in the ocean

- FITA chair Sinenhlanhla Mnguni has called for a lifting of the tobacco ban in favour of focusing on 'serious issues'

- Mnguni amplified the thoughts of SA smokers in reaction to the SANDF announcing a huge bust

- Cigarettes to the value of just under R600 000 were confiscated on the border between SA and Zimbabwe

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Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association chair Sinenhlanhla Mnguni isn't amused at the current situation in SA.

With the controversial ban still firmly in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the amount of resources being spent tackling illicit trade is unsettling.

In response to a huge bust of prohibited tobacco products, Mnguni commented that:

“A mere raindrop in the Pacific Ocean if we’re being honest. Just lift the bloody thing and focus on serious issues!”

The SA National Defence Force has confirmed that R599 283 in cigarettes was confiscated along the border between Zimbabwe and SA.


The SANDF intercepted over half a million rand in illicit cigarettes heading into SA. Image: @SANDFCorpEvents
Source: UGC

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The smugglers had been attempting to move the tobacco through the Madimbo border when soldiers spotted a 'suspicious white bakkie'.

The border has allegedly been used by smugglers to access Mzansi markets 'particularly the Gauteng market where cigarettes are sold by spaza shops, on street corners and parking lot vendors'.

Earlier, reported that FITA had launched an appeal against the High Court ruling on its legal battle to have the ban overturned.

The entity says that it will inform the public when they are notified of the court's decision:

“We will learn whether we will be allowed to challenge the dismissal of our cigarette ban challenge during the course of next week. We will notify the public as soon as we receive this judgment.”

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