Kids eat weeds as criminals dine out on prohibited billions

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    Kids eat weeds as criminals dine out on prohibited billions

    JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's children are starving and livelihoods are being destroyed as government ignores science and continues a tobacco products sale ban that is turning criminals into billionaires, Tax Justice SA (TJSA) said on Sunday.

    Hunger levels had “exploded” during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown in South Africa, according to weekend news reports. Almost half of households had run out of money for food and some children were having to survive on “wild plants”, TJSA founder Yusuf Abramjee said in a statement.

    “Our ministers’ obsession with stopping people smoking tobacco is forcing poor children to eat weeds,” he said.

    “In 16 weeks of the cigarette ban, more than R4 billion in sin taxes have been lost. That money could have paid for 26 million food parcels. But instead it is enriching criminals in illicit trade."

    One of government’s leading scientists had admitted on Friday that there was no proven link between smoking and Covid-19. On Day 115 of the ban, smokers were still smoking – they just had to buy in the illegal market, where gangsters were making an average R100 million every day, Abramjee said.

    “The government’s first duty should be to ensure children have food to eat. But our ministers seem more intent on pursuing a failed social experiment. Kids are eating weeds while criminals are dining out on the fruits of prohibition."

    Professor Lucille Blumberg, deputy director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), said in a conversation broadcast online by the NICD on Friday that "there is no direct and very good information or good studies to link smoking with severe Covid-19”.

    Meanwhile, other senior members on the ministerial advisory committee (MAC) on Covid-19 accused government of “gross inconsistencies and even hypocrisy” that had “broken the social contract” to prevent the spread of the virus, Abramjee said.

    “Ministers have caved in to the taxi industry and sent millions of South Africans to work in mobile coffins. They have capitulated yet again to SAA, where they will pour away even more billions of taxpayers’ money.

    “Yet, without sound medical reason, they have imposed the only Covid-related tobacco ban in the world, which robs the fiscus of vital taxes and threatens the jobs of 300,000 honest, hard-working citizens.

    “It’s the politics of a playground where bullies reign, favouritism outweighs fairness, and the humble go hungry. The lesson being taught to decent South Africans is that crime pays. It’s a deadly education and one that threatens the survival of our most vulnerable,” Abramjee said.
     
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    And this, aside from the wishes of the many, is the whole point. With around 300 000 (IIRC) employed by the sector, well over a million people are not benefiting from the income generated by tobacco. The effects on public health right now are considerably worse than allowing people to smoke or vape during Covid-19 could ever be.

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    I dont know what they expect us to do, no work due to the ban and UIF has payed their tiny 3month joke. Maybe I should start a riot, loot what i need, burn a couple tires, sounds fun :swear::ZA:
     
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    I’m in. Seems that is the only route to democracy in this country.
     
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    I had a chat with my boss earlier today. Coincidentally enough, we both mentioned to each other this morning how many people we saw begging for food and money on the streets over the weekend. I am not talking about run of the mill homeless people, I am talking about decent looking people who are clearly down on their luck and must have recently lost their jobs. My boss said she lost count at around 40 in a 6km stretch.
     
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    It's really only just begun. The depression is still coming.

    The media did a good job scaring everyone into compliance with the virus.
     
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    The only effective remedy is a tax revolt,... not that we would ever see it here
     
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    UK Poll Tax, 1989–93
    Main article: Community Charge
    In 1989–90, the government of Margaret Thatcher reformed local taxation in Britain by replacing Domestic Rates with a new tax known officially as the Community Charge, but more widely and disparagingly known as the "Poll Tax". Whereas Rates had been, at least to some extent, a progressive tax, the Poll Tax was a flat tax irrespective of income. Many people considered the new tax to be unfair, and a major non-payment campaign saw up to 30% of the population of some council areas refusing to pay. Draconian enforcement measures caused civil unrest, and ultimately led to the Poll Tax riots. The new tax became a major electoral liability for the Conservative Party, and was a significant factor in the ousting of Mrs Thatcher by her own party. Due to its unpopularity and the disastrous impact of non-payment on local authority finances, the tax was replaced by the Council Tax in 1993.
     
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    "Flatulence Tax" resistance, 2003
    New Zealand farmers protested a livestock tax that was ostensibly designed to discourage and ameliorate methane emissions by announcing they would refuse to pay and by sending packages of manure to government ministers.[340]
     
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    My GF is an American scientist that has been reviewing scientific journals before they get released on Covid since December this year. She says the death rate for Covid in Gauteng is 0.67% and 3.74% in Cape Town...

    She thinks Gauteng numbers are faulty, just like our government.
     
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    I think your GF is a very astute girl.