Attempted hit on Gold Leaf Tobacco boss, in critical condition

The co-owner of Gold Leaf Tobacco Corporation and member of Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) Simon Rudland is in a critical condition following an attempted hit on Wednesday.

Gunmen fired nine shots at him with one bullet striking him in the neck.

Kieno Kammies speaks to journalist and author of Ministry of Crime Mandy Wiener about what could have led to his shooting.

She says Gold Leaf Tobacco has been suspected of being one of the players benefiting from the R5b illicit tobacco market.

There are two distinct groups the way I understand it. There are the big boys which are the big name manufacturers and you have the smaller independent guys which belong to the group 'Fita'.

Mandy Wiener, Journalist and author

Many of these cigarette organisations have got these links to politics and they also have links to the underworld.

Mandy Wiener, Journalist and author

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