South Africa Expels Diplomats from Lesotho and Malawi over the illicit peddling of duty-free alcohol.
The officials and their spouses
were given 72 hours to leave the country after violating the laws “specifically, the illicit trade in duty-free alcohol”.
They have until Sunday to wind up and leave South Africa
They have been declared persona non grata for abusing their privileges after the South African Government found that Diplomats were buying the duty-free products in large volumes, mainly alcohol and cigarettes, purportedly for their own consumption, only to re-sell them in South Africa to businesses and liquor traders.
The scandal reportedly robbed the South African Revenue Service (SARS) of an estimated R100 million (US$6.9m/ K5.5bn) in unpaid taxes every month.
More than 2, 200 diplomats and family members made purchases, the most common commodities being rum, whiskey, brandy, liqueurs, cigarettes and cigars.
Diplomats from Eswatini, Lesotho, Ghana and Burundi have also been expelled over the alcohol smuggling scandal.