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Big ‘sin’ taxes are charter for criminals, says TJSA

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Wednesday 24 February 2021 - FINANCE Minister Tito Mboweni’s big hike in sin taxes is another gift to criminals in illicit trade and another blow to legitimate tax-paying businesses…

Urgent action needed to defeat illicit cigarette trade, says UCT report

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Thursday 18 February 2021 - THE illicit cigarette trade is out of control in South Africa and tackling it should become a “national priority”, according to an important new…

‘Sin’ tax hike would be another boost for criminals, warns TJSA

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Wednesday 17 February 2021 - ANY increase in ‘sin’ taxes in the annual Budget next week would backfire badly by enriching criminals in illicit trade, destroying livelihoods and even…

Tackle SA’s illicit cigarette barons or go the way of Zimbabwe, warns TJSA

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Friday 12 February 2021 - AN EXPLOSIVE new investigation has revealed how South Africa’s illicit cigarette kingpins are deeply entrenched in politically-connected cartels looting state coffers on both sides…

FITA and Gold Leaf ‘must sign up to war on illicit trade’

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Friday 22 January 2021 – THE Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) and its breakaway member Gold Leaf Tobacco (GLTC) must sign up to the war against illicit cigarettes that…

TJSA’s five-point plan to defeat R8bn cigarette tax criminals

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Thursday 21 January 2021 - TAX Justice SA (TJSA) today launches a five-point action plan to stop criminals in the illicit cigarette trade looting billions of rand needed to…

TJSA investigation blows illicit cigarette trade wide open

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Wednesday 20 January 2021 - A BOMBSHELL exposé by Tax Justice SA (TJSA) has blown the illicit cigarette trade wide open and revealed the biggest and most brazen black…

Tobacco criminals are making a mockery of us all

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Tuesday 15 December 2020 – CRIMINALS are laughing at the law as they rob billions from decent South Africans by selling illicit cigarettes in the world’s biggest black market.…

High Court ruling impels crackdown on illicit cigarette trade

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Friday 11 December 2020 – THE HIGH Court’s landmark judgment that the lockdown tobacco ban was unconstitutional and not necessary compels authorities to now crack down on the criminals…

Arrest of SARS official in R10m illicit cigarette bust demands full investigation

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Wednesday 9 December 2020 - AN URGENT investigation into smuggling at our porous borders is needed to stop criminals looting South Africa of millions every day, Tax Justice SA…

President’s crackdown should start with law-breaking by tobacco giant Gold Leaf

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Friday 16 October 2020 – PRESIDENT Ramaphosa’s promised crackdown on the illicit economy should start with an investigation into the illegal activities of cigarette giant Gold Leaf Tobacco (GLTC)…

Gold Leaf fallout demands full investigation by authorities

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Thursday 1 October 2020 - POLICE, tax officers and trade regulators should conduct a full investigation into the activities of the Gold Leaf Tobacco Corporation (GLTC) following its fallout…

FITA investigation into cigarette giant Gold Leaf welcomed

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Monday 14 September 2020 – TAX Justice SA (TJSA) welcomes an investigation by the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) into sales tactics by its member Gold Leaf Tobacco Corporation…

FITA must answer questions about dodgy cigarette deliveries  

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Sunday 13 September 2020 – AN INVESTIGATION by Tax Justice South Africa (TJSA) today exposes the dodgy tactics still being used by the biggest beneficiaries of the lockdown’s illegal…

Criminal cigarette traders using gangland tactics

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Tuesday 8 September 2020 – ORGANISED crime syndicates are using gangland tactics to retain control of the cigarette trade they captured during the lockdown sales ban, Tax Justice South…

Ban is over but war on tobacco criminals is only beginning, says TJSA  

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Saturday 15 August 2020 – THE long overdue lifting of South Africa’s lockdown prohibition must be accompanied by an urgent crackdown on the crooks it has enriched through illegal…

Tackle the criminals controlling tobacco market, urges TJSA

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Friday 14 August 2020 – URGENT action is needed to tackle the corrupt syndicates who have grabbed control of the cigarette market during the 20-week sales ban, Tax Justice…

Lift the ban now instead of burying judges in paperwork, urges TJSA

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Thursday 6 August 2020 – PRESIDENT Ramaphosa should do the right thing and immediately lift the tobacco ban after the High Court reserved judgment following the Government’s laboured defence…

Tobacco court case is watershed for crime, economy and jobs

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Tuesday 4 August 2020 – THE nation stands at a watershed moment with huge implications for the rule of law, our ailing economy and South Africans’ right to make…

TJSA urges President to lift tobacco ban as government case crumbles

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Sunday 2 August 2020 – Tax Justice SA (TJSA) has written a letter to President Ramaphosa pleading with him to lift the tobacco ban as court papers emerge destroying…

New UCT report leaves tobacco ban in ruins, says TJSA

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Tuesday 21 July 2020 - THE tobacco ban lies in ruins this lunchtime after a new report destroyed the government’s reasons for the sales prohibition. The latest report by…

Kids eat weeds as criminals dine out on prohibition billions

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Sunday 19 July 2020 – CHILDREN are starving and livelihoods are being destroyed as the Government ignores science and pushes ahead with a prohibition that is turning criminals into…

No proven link between smoking and Covid-19, admits NICD   

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Friday 17 July 2020 - TAX Justice SA (TJSA) is calling for an immediate lifting of the tobacco ban after a leading Government scientist today admitted there was “no…

Show zero tolerance for criminals trading in misery

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Prohibition is enriching gangsters while robbing the nation is vital funds - by Yusuf Abramjee, 13 July 2020

Tax Justice SA backs #TheBanMustFall letter to President

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Sunday 5 July 2020 – Tax Justice SA (TJSA) today welcomes an open letter to President Ramaphosa and his Cabinet in which tobacco industry players and retail outlets highlight…

Ministers running away from cigarette justice

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Friday 26 June 2020 – Tax Justice SA (TJSA) today accuses Government of “running away from justice” and “destroying lives even when retreating” by delaying an urgent application to…

Make this the end of an error, Mr President

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Tuesday 2 June 2020 – TAX Justice South Africa (TJSA) tonight welcomes the High Court judgment declaring lockdown regulations invalid and unconstitutional and urges the Presidency to lift the…

Economic patriotism should start with crackdown on traitors in illicit trade

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Monday 1 June 2020 – TAX Justice South Africa (TJSA) has welcomed the Presidency’s call for “economic patriotism” and urged for this to begin with a crackdown on the…

War against corruption displaced by war on cigarettes

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Tuesday 26 May 2020 – THE irrational and unworkable ban on cigarettes is helping the architects and agents of State Capture to evade justice. Tax Justice SA founder Yusuf…

Cigarette ban extension rewards criminals and endangers citizens

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Sunday 24 May 2020 – THE extension to the cigarette ban is a green light for criminals to continue looting South Africa at the expense of decent citizens’ lives,…

Cigarette ban has backfired and should be lifted, say UCT researchers

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Saturday 16 May 2020 – A MAJOR new study by the University of Cape Town (UCT) shows that almost all smokers have been able to buy cigarettes during lockdown…

Booming illegal cigarette trade puts all at risk of Covid-19

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Wednesday 13 May 2020 – OFFICIAL government research shows that the lockdown ban on cigarettes is needlessly exposing millions of South Africans to the spread of Covid-19. Tax Justice…

Criminals threatening lives in pursuit of lockdown profits

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Thursday 7 May 2020 - Tax Justice South Africa (TJSA) is calling on citizens and law enforcers to be on their guard against criminals dealing in fake health products…

U-turn on cigarettes is economic sabotage

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Wednesday 29 April 2020 - TAX Justice South Africa (TJSA) condemns tonight’s announcement of an extension to the cigarette ban as “life-endangering economic sabotage”. TJSA founder Yusuf Abramjee says:…

We must unite against illegal traders looting SA

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Monday 27 April 2020 – TAX Justice South Africa (TJSA) is urging law-abiding citizens to join the fight against criminals looting our nation when cigarettes go back on sale…

Tax Justice SA applauds President’s bold boost for economy

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Friday 24 April 2020 – Tax Justice South Africa (TJSA) today welcomes the Presidency’s announcement of the easing of lockdown rules to resuscitate the nation’s economy. TJSA founder Yusuf…

TJSA calls for immediate economic kickstart to save lives

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Wednesday 22 April 2020 – TAX Justice South Africa (TJSA) today urges the President to immediately kickstart the economy before his R500 billion rescue package lands South Africans with…

Take two steps key to survival, TJSA tells President

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Tuesday 21 April 2020 – Tax Justice South Africa (TJSA) eagerly anticipates the Presidency’s announcement of coronavirus crisis relief measures tonight and urges bold steps be taken to protect…

‘Draconian’ cigarette ban threatens to undermine lockdown

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Sunday 19 April 2020 – TAX Justice South Africa (TJSA) today urges Government to heed growing calls for a review of the “nonsensical” and “draconian” ban on cigarettes that…

Lockdown cigarette ban is backfiring and should be lifted

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Tuesday 7 April 2020 – THE lockdown ban on cigarettes is backfiring badly and endangering millions of South Africans it is supposed to protect, Tax Justice South Africa (TJSA)…

Millions going up in smoke as illicit traders take advantage

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The cigarette ban is backfiring as the country loses money needed to fight the coronavirus - by Yusuf Abramjee, 09 April 2020

Lifting of cigarette ban welcomed in fight against illicit trade and Covid-19

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Thursday 2 April 2020 – TAX Justice South Africa (TJSA) today welcomes the lifting of the lockdown ban on cigarettes sales in the Western Cape as a vital step…

Lockdown sales ban will fuel illicit trade, TJSA warns

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Sunday 29 March 2020 - THE ban on the sale of specific goods during the coronavirus lockdown threatens to spread the virus and fuel illicit trade, Tax Justice South…

Why illicit trade hurts us

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Country losing R100 billion a year, which could be used to improve social services for all - by Yusuf Abramjee, 11 March 2020 WE’VE all heard the argument that…

Tax Justice SA calls for illicit trade tip-off line and swifter destruction of seized goods

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Monday 2 March 2020 - TAX Justice South Africa (TJSA) today called for bold new measures to urgently tackle the menace of illicit trade that is costing the nation…

An open letter to finance minister Tito Mboweni: Know your enemies

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We do not envy the job you have in delivering the Budget on Wednesday. Record unemployment, a stagnant economy and the growing prospect of a ratings downgrade: could the…

Time to fight urban terror

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The day I heard the desperation of a nation living in fear - by Yusuf Abramjee, 01 February 2020

Tax Justice SA welcomes SARS commitment to crack down on the criminals looting South Africa of billions

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A PLEDGE by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to crack down on the illicit economy is hailed today by Tax Justice South Africa (TJSA) as an important first…

#LockThemUp Charter For Tax Looters demands mandatory 7-year jail terms

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A radical reform of the law is needed to ensure that crooks stealing billions of rand in taxes every year are sent to jail, Tax Justice South Africa (TJSA)…

Letter – Time to blow the whistle on tax criminals

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Versions published in the Cape Times, the Mercury and Pretoria News. 11 December 2019 - We are the victims of tax criminals and it’s time we blew the whistle,…

Fight for tax justice, not a tax revolt, says anti-crime campaigner Yusuf Abramjee

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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.

Enough is enough: public must blow the whistle on criminal tax looters, says justice campaigner Yusuf Abramjee

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IT IS time for ordinary citizens to join the fight against criminals who are looting South Africa of R100 million every day, anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee said on Monday.

CRIME Stoppers International (CSI) has welcomed the launch of Tax Justice South Africa (TJSA) as a “crucial weapon” in the battle against criminal tax evaders.

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Anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee officially announced the establishment of TJSA on Monday by declaring war on the crooks who are robbing South Africa of tens of billions of rands…

SA tax crooks looting R100m every day

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Despite how hard it is to balance our budgets, the law-abiding among us know it’s only right that we pay what we owe to the state in order to…

Tax Justice founder backs Minister’s call for SARS to bare its teeth

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ANTI-CRIME activist Yusuf Abramjee has backed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his support for SARS having an “intrusive” investigating unit.

War on tax crooks

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Anti-crime activist declares war on tax crooks at the launch of a new campaign to lock up the criminals who loot South Africa of more than R100m every day.…