News24 | Mazzotti’s Carnilinx, cigarette makers fail to block SARS from putting CCTV in their warehouses

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Multiple tobacco manufacturers have failed in their urgent bid to interdict SARS against installing CCTV cameras at their warehouses.

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Multiple tobacco manufacturers – including cigarette tycoon Adriano Mazzotti’s Carnilinx – have failed in their urgent bid to interdict the SA Revenue Service (SARS) against installing CCTV cameras at their warehouses.

The Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) and a dozen other tobacco product makers had launched two separate applications in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, which were aimed at blocking SARS from implementing Rule 19.09, which it has promulgated under the 1964 Customs and Excise Act, pending their substantive legal challenge to the rule.

FITA argues that the rule, which requires companies who produce or store tobacco products to install CCTV cameras at their licensed customs and excise warehouses, is unconstitutional and amounts to an unjustified violation of tobacco producers’ rights to privacy, dignity and property.

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