The South Africa Tobacco Transformation Alliance (SATTA) has condemned the call by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) for a 100% increase in the tax on tobacco products.
Ahead of the much-anticipated mid-term budget speech by minister in the department of finance, Tito Mboweni, expected to take place later this afternoon, the national union, has aligned itself with an anti-tobacco campaign, #protectyournext.
If Cosatu has its way smokers could pay double the price for cigarettes. Minister Mboweni is expected to take the parliamentary podium at 14:00.
The campaign is a collective anti-smoking effort by lobby group National Council Against Smoking (NCAS), the South African medical research council (SAMRC) and the Heart and Stroke foundation who are calling for Mboweni to instate a 100% increase in the tax on tobacco products.
A 100% in excises will decimate the industry, says SATTA spokesperson Zachariah Motsumi.
“The tobacco products industry is already on its knees as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, which resulted in the loss of billions of rands in revenue for farmers, processors and the manufacturers of legal products,”
SATTA represents 11 000 tobacco farmers, processors and manufacturers across five growing provinces who are committed to supporting