The Food and Allied Workers Union will today march to the SARS headquarters to demand government action against all forms of illicit trading.
General secretary of Fawu, Katishi Masemola says the impact of illicit trading is three-fold:
- Job losses that go with illicit trade.
- Lost revenue.
- Risk of health exposure to illicit traded goods.
Masemola says they are targeting the tobacco, alcohol, soft drinks and fishing and sugar sectors.
As a country we want illicit traders to be brought to book and for them to pay tax like every other legal citizen.— Katishi Masemola, General Secretary of the Food and Allied Workers Union
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on the Breakfast Show, Masemola says they believe if SARS were to increase their capacity and double their efforts it would clamp down on illicit trading in the country.
We don't think at the moment they (SARS) are actually doing what they are supposed to do in terms of their obligation and mandate.— Katishi Masemola, General Secretary of the Food and Allied Workers Union
Listen to which bills the union says must not be signed into law.