#PODCAST: SA Tobacco Transformation Alliance (SATTA) want government to introduce strict legislation on excise taxes

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - The South African tobacco industry has expressed collective outrage aimed at the continued growth of the illicit cigarette market. A recent Ipsos study showed a dramatic increase in illicit trading over the past few months, with the lockdown actually assisting manufacturers and traders to grow illegal operations at a rapid pace. In some instances, an illicit pack of 20's can sell for as little as six rand. Reacting to the study, the South Africa Tobacco Transformation Alliance (SATTA) say that government is partly to blame. They allege that the latest boom in illicit sales is directly linked to tax increases of R1.39 a packet - introduced in February this year. SATTA spokesperson Zachariah Motsumi says the only way to rectify the situation is through the introduction of strict legislation relating to paying excise taxes...