04 December, 2019 – A TAX revolt is not the answer to the corruption and criminality that is crippling South Africa’s economy, anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee said on Wednesday.
Instead, he urged, we should all be joining the fight against the criminal tax evaders who are looting the nation of R100 million every day.
Abramjee, founder of Tax Justice South Africa, was responding to warnings that increasing numbers of SA citizens are threatening to withhold tax in protest against government corruption and mismanagement.
“We have to pressurise government, we have to pressurise civil society, to really make sure that the government gets the billions of rands lost annually,” Abramjee said in an interview on Salaamedia online radio.
“On average, R100 million is lost every day through illicit trade – in the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry, the textile industry, the tobacco industry.
“That is the money that should be invested right back in the community in providing much-needed basic services.
“People are sick and tired of the lack of basic service delivery, and yet it’s the criminals smiling all the way to the bank. We say follow the money and lock them up.
“Money is getting stolen from the economy. We must fight that scourge. Going down the route of a tax revolt is not the solution.”
Notes to Editor
The establishment of Tax Justice South Africa is a rallying cry to the people and to Government to take action against organised criminal gangs that are plundering South Africa.
Founded by Yusuf Abramjee, Tax Justice South Africa will campaign for a lawful and prosperous South Africa and for urgent action against criminals who steal billions in legally due taxes every year.
Every day approximately R100 million is looted from South Africa by criminal tax evaders, undermining the Government and the rule of law, and robbing its people of a brighter future.
Tax Justice South Africa will work to raise awareness of this national menace and show how these stolen funds could be used to build a better nation.
The campaign is supported by Makali Lepholisa, former Commissioner for Customs in Lesotho, and Andy Mashaile, Interpol Turn Back Crime Ambassador, who join Yusuf as the Directors of Tax Justice South Africa.
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