The BAT whistle-blower: Francois van der Westhuizen

The man who blew the whistle on the alleged racket of bribes relating to British American Tobacco (BAT) says he and his wife still get death threats. “Often, my wife will be in a shopping centre and guys who’ve clearly followed her will tell her they’re going to come get […]

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British American Tobacco ‘bribed’ police – affidavit

Johannesburg – JSE-listed conglomerate British American Tobacco (BAT) and the private security firm it has contracted have been accused of running a scheme of bribing South African police officers, spying on competitors using police cameras, and even sourcing confidential business information on one of its rivals from officials in the […]

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Battle for heart and soul of the SA economy

Connect the dots. A story that all South Africans should be worried about is the intervention of Johan Rupert, known as the don of the Stellenbosch mafia, in the reversal of the appointment of Des Van Rooyen as the minister of finance last year. Sources say on President Jacob Zuma’s […]

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SARS Wars: The Empire strikes back with a few omissions, innuendos and errors

It took a while, but SARS on Tuesday finally broke its silence around tensions between current commissioner Tom Moyane and Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. But the statement from the revenue service, clearly an attempt at fending off the political blowback, contains a few omissions, oversights and errors. By MARIANNE […]

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FITA Press Release 2 of 2016

OFFICIAL FITA Press Release – 4 February 2016: In our January 2016 press statement, we alluded to evidence of instances which point to various practices by certain role-players in the tobacco industry that speak to unfair treatment of some by the state, preferential treatment in other cases and various anti-competitive […]

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The secret bribes of big tobacco paper trail

The BBC’s Panorama programme has spent five months investigating bribery at British American Tobacco. BAT says it conducts its business with honesty, integrity and transparency, and has strict anti-bribery rules. But the BBC obtained hundreds of documents that reveal how BAT employees bribed politicians, public officials and even people working […]

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British American Tobacco accused of bribing government officials

BBC Panorama alleges BAT paid officials from three African countries in effort to undermine UN anti-smoking treaty. British American Tobacco paid bribes to government officials in a bid to undermine the UN’s global anti-smoking treaty, an investigation by the BBC has alleged. Documents obtained by the BBC’s Panorama programme show […]

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FITA Press Release 1 0f 2016

OFFICIAL FITA Press Release – 21 January 2016: FITA comprises the majority of wholly locally-owned tobacco manufacturers in South Africa. As a grouping of local businesses within the tobacco industry, we contribute significantly towards the economy by way of excise and import duties, value-added tax, and income tax in its […]

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Tobacco giant gets free police protection

Johannesburg – For months, the police’s tactical response team, also known as the amaBerete, was deployed in Limpopo to provide an armed police escort to multinational cigarette company British American Tobacco (BAT). BAT boasts of having more than 85% of the cigarette market in South Africa. Yet despite declaring R81bn […]

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BAT IMPLICATED IN CIGARETTE SMUGGLING

EWN has learnt this claim has been submitted to Parliament by former Sars spokesman, Adrian Lackay. JOHANNESBURG – Eyewitness News has learnt former South African Revenue Service (Sars) spokesperson Adrian Lackay claims evidence has emerged that British American Tobacco (BAT), a private investigation firm, and State Security Agency officials have been involved […]

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