South Africa loses huge tax revenue from illegal tobacco trade

South Africa loses huge tax revenue from illegal tobacco trade

According to the South African Revenue Service, South Africa suffered more than 20 billion rand in tax losses last year due to illegal tobacco trade (1 rand is approximately 0.38 yuan). This tax could have been used to develop South Africa's renewable energy industry and help 20 small towns install solar systems.

Surveys show that about 15 million illegal cigarettes are sold in South Africa every day, three-quarters of which are sold in informal retail stores. In a crackdown on the illegal tobacco trade, South African law enforcement agencies last year seized illegal cigarettes worth millions of rands.
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