South Africa

‘Fine’ tax just adds insult to injury


A tax on the air we breathe?

Civil society organisations are correct in launching a campaign to challenge the latest move by the government to further bleed its citizens, through levying an “administrative” fee of R100 each on all traffic fines. Our political overlords have experience in this: our personal income tax already accounts for a significant chunk of government revenue and if they don’t nail us there, they do through value-added tax and the various “sin taxes” on booze and smokes. We’ve learned, to our cost, that the taxes we do reluctantly hand over don’t often end up where they should – so many of us...


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