JOHANNESBURG - The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Friday called on the South African Revenue Service (Sars) to intensify the war on illicit, counterfeit and other smuggled products.
Fawu members staged a protest at Sars offices in Pretoria on Thursday, demanding that the revenue service gets tougher on curbing illicit trade and stop the spread of counterfeit goods and smuggled products.
Fawu said the failure by Sars and other law enforcement agencies to stop these products from flooding informal markets, in particular, was leading to thousands of job losses in the worst affected sectors of tobacco, alcohol, soft drinks and poultry.
In its memorandum, Fawu and affected organisations including informal traders' associations, tobacco farmers associations, and liquor traders' organisations, declared illicit trading "a crime" and implored Sars to declare a "legal war" against it.
They called on Sars to be at the centre of law enforcement efforts to ensure that those who comply with the laws of the country by paying tax, undergoing scrutiny of health and safety standards, and by employing workers in line with labour laws are not undermined by those engaged in illicit trading.