Johannesburg - A prominent Zimbabwe tobacco company, with
ties to President Robert Mugabe, is suspected of smuggling millions of rands
worth of illegal cigarettes into South Africa in what is thought to be a bid to
help boost the country’s ailing economy.
The Sunday Times reported that Zimbabwe's Savanna Tobacco is
owned by prominent businessman Adam Molai, who is married to Mugabe’s niece,
Sandra Mugabe. Savanna Tobacco is believed to have moved tons of contraband
into South Africa.
Savanna’s main brand, Pacific cigarettes, is allegedly being
smuggled into the country and sold primarily in Cape Town.
In the past, Mugabe has openly supported Savanna and only a
year ago accused rival company British American Tobacco (BAT) of spying on
Savanna and hijacking its trucks.