How far is BATSA's investigation on allegations of bribery and corruption ?

About a year ago British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) confirmed it had ties with a forensic investigation firm accused of illegally spying on its competitors and colluding with law enforcement agencies to force competition out of the market.

What they were doing is gathering intel and setting up these competitors under false allegations to be raided and arrested by the authorities...

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

EWN reporter Barry Bateman who's been working on the story since it broke, says there were documents that were leaked to the media which supported these allegations.

The documents show how informers were paid and the links with various role players in the whole saga.

He says at the time Batsa's, Joseph Ralebepa, told him during an interview that the company takes the allegations seriously and was investigating them with the help of external advisors.

The matter seems to have died down but Bateman says he is working on finding out what is happening with regards to the investigations and whether criminal prosecutions were ensued.

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
British American Tobacco reduce water consumption by 54%

British American Tobacco reduce water consumption by 54%

As drought continue to hit WC hard, BAT has embarked on efforts to reduce their water consumption and reliance on municipal supply.

World No Tobacco Day - the poor suffer the most from nicotine addiction

World No Tobacco Day - the poor suffer the most from nicotine addiction

Levels of compliance are high, but more can be done. Listen here...

3 best investments on the JSE right now (by Ashburton Fund Managers)

3 best investments on the JSE right now (by Ashburton Fund Managers)

Looking for stock picks? The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Fund Manager Jason Forssman.

Quit the smoking (it's easy!) says Xolani Gwala

Quit the smoking (it's easy!) says Xolani Gwala

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has upheld Australia’s laws on plain packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Ndumiso Ngcobo says smokers are the new lepers

Ndumiso Ngcobo says smokers are the new lepers

There are a few things we can learn from the so-called generosity of smokers according to Ndumiso Ngcobo.

Tobacco companies target young people- Cansa

Tobacco companies target young people- Cansa

The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) strongly supports the bill on plain cigarette packaging to reduce smoking.

Will non-branded cigarette boxes reduce smoking?

Will non-branded cigarette boxes reduce smoking?

South Africa has drafted a bill on plain cigarette packaging as part of it attempts to reduce smoking.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

Helen Zille responds to alleged comments made by Lindiwe Mazibuko at a dinner, saying she's doing the same to Musi Maimane.

[WATCH] Melania Trump's reaction after shaking Putin's hand

[WATCH] Melania Trump's reaction after shaking Putin's hand

Waitress praised for standing up for herself after a man touched her butt on his way to the toilet and a dog comforts its owner.

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

The new Home Affairs upgrades to the system include printing parents details at the back of the child's passport.

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

What are your sexual fantasies? Disclosure can bring sexual freedom, but it can also have downsides. A study lists the top trends.

More arrests are imminent in connection with the cash-in-transit heists - Hawks

More arrests are imminent in connection with the cash-in-transit heists - Hawks

Seven suspects were arrested in Limpopo in less than 24 hours after a cash-in-transit vehicle was blown up in the province.