12 July 2012
Solving crime the ANC way - Passing draconian smoking laws
By Mike Smith
12th of July 2012
How do you know the ANC is not serious about solving crime? It is all about priorities….If they cannot make money from it, they are not interested.
In 2003 when South Africa’s crime rate was going through the roof the ANC did virtually nothing, yet they passed the idiotic Plastic Bag Law of which they were extremely proud and it was on TV every five minutes. They were going to clean up the environment and create thousands of jobs…turned out these thieves only cleaned out the consumer’s wallet.
BBC: SA to ban plastic bags
The ANC fixed the price of plastic bags first at 15cents, then 21cents and now at 46cents per bag of which initially 3 cents, later 4 cents would be levied and go to a section 21 (non-profit) recycling company that they have set up, namely Buyisa-e-Bag. Now considering that South Africans used about 8 billion plastic bags a year, it meant the ANC would be siphoning off R320 Million each year.
But according to the University of Cape Town report the 2009 Nahman study found that only 13% of the levy on plastic bags reached Buyisa-e-Bag. Nobody knew what happened to the rest.
As can be expected…three years later and after receiving R100 million, Buyisa-e-Bag did not recycle a single plastic bag.
Plastic bag levy: money for nothing?
It turned out, “The bulk of the money has gone straight into government coffers.” And the company was running at a loss.
A forensic investigation was done into the company’s affairs and two of Buyisa-e-Bag's board members had been fingered for financial misconduct. Democratic Alliance environmental spokesman Gareth Morgan said Buyisa had been mismanaged. "There was a forensic investigation that no one knows the results of and there was major conflict on the board." He said the closure was welcome because consumers were not getting value for money.
Loss-making plastic bag recycler set for the dumps
Buyisa-e-Bag to shut down under a cloud
Buyisa-e-Bag was then absorbed by government and currently falls under the Department of environmental affairs where the ANC government is now collecting the full levy.
Now in a country where farmers are being murdered at the highest rate in the world and the public is suffering under crime, the latest ANC priorities are to clamp down on smokers.
First of all, the Government is the biggest winner when it comes to selling cigarettes to the public. In 1994 when the ANC came to power, the excise tax on cigarettes was 21% of the retail price. Add sales tax to it and the total tax burden was 32% of the retail price.
The first thing the ANC did when they came to power was to raise this tax to 50%. In 2002 they increased it to 52%. That is right. More than half of all cigarette money goes straight into the ANC governments coffers.
In fact…The tobacco industry has experienced large increases in excise tax in recent years, with an increase of some 400 per cent between 1994 and 2004. Source
Tobacco excise in SA
Tabacco tax hike not enough
Did it bring down the smoking rate. Apparently yes. By about 40%.
But with the increase in taxes and excise the ANC first ensured that they did not lose any money on the deal.
Further, we know that 1 in every 5 deaths are caused by smoking and that for every smoking death, 20 people are suffering from a smoking related illness. Some smoking statistics
This is a disaster for the ANC who do not like to spend tax money on health services and hospitals, because they would much rather pocket the money than save dying babies or spend it on smokers.
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Nevertheless, the ANC is clamping down on smokers…again. They want to ban smoking in all public places, inside and outside. What will be interesting to see is how these laws conflict with private property laws that are in the constitution. Even more interesting would be to see how they are going to waste millions trying to police these laws, all whilst neglecting more serious crimes such as murder and rape. They will just raise budgets and siphon off more tax money I guess.
Smoking rules have businesses fuming
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Just remember that obesity kills almost just as many people as smoking does, but you do not see the ANC issuing draconian laws against obesity, because then they will be punishing themselves.
No. The ANC smoking laws are not about Your Health. It is about Their Wealth.
The ANC is not really concerned about what you put in your mouth, up your nose or in your arm…all they are concerned about is how much money they can make from it.
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one MAKES them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. ... Create a nation of law-breakers, and then you cash in on the guilt." -- Ayn Rand "Atlas Shrugged"