Trade union calls on Sars to clamp down on customs fraud, illegal imports

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) marched to the Sars offices in Pretoria on Friday protesting illegal clothing, textile, leather and footwear imports in the country.

Sactwu says that the illegal import are having a negative impact on the local industry.

Sactwu researcher Simon Eppel explains that illegal imports are a long-standing problem in South Africa, but the revenue service has been able to regulate the issue in previous years.

This is not a new story. Illegal clothing, textiles and footwear are coming into the country and damaging jobs.

Simon Eppel, researcher at South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union

According to Eppel, Sars has lost its resolve to deal with the issue.

From 2009 - 2014 we witnessed a Sars that was showing a great determination and capacity to deal with the problem.

Simon Eppel, researcher at South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union

Sars is not doing anything..

Simon Allison, Daily Maverick's African Correspondent

He says that Sars is not as invested in protecting the borders or prosecuting those involved in illegal imports.

Sactwu wants Sars crack the whip on fraud, illegal imports, and those evading customs duties.

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