The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has called on government to criminalise the selling of illicit tobacco products in the country.

Fawu and other civil rights organizations marched to the National Treasury in Pretoria to demand action against the selling of illegal cigarettes.

They say the illegal traders are getting away with a wide range of serious offences, including tax evasion.

Fawu secretary general Katishi Masemola says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene should force government to act swiftly on these issues.

He says: “We are going to ask the minister to consider criminalizing people who are selling cigarettes below the minimum collectable tax because it means they don’t pay tax and that should be regarded as criminal.”