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protestThe Citizen reports that members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) marched to the offices of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) in Tshwane on Tuesday to demand that government take decisive action against illicit trade.  

They said illicit trading cost the country billions of rands and resulted in job losses.  Union members from the liquor, beverages, textile and tobacco industries downed tools to stage their protest action.  Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola said the impact illicit trading had on these industries was not only job losses and the loss of revenue to the fiscus, but also “the risk health exposure to illicitly traded goods”.He went on to say:  “We are targeting sectors such as tobacco and cigarette manufacturing, alcohol beverages, the soft drinks, as well as the fishing and the sugar.”  The unions decided to march to Sars because they wanted illicit traders to pay taxes and be brought to book.  Masemola added that the unions did not think the sugar tax and liquor bill should be signed into law.

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