A Global Initiative Against Transnational Crime report titled “When the Smoke Clears” has revealed that at least 66% of cigarettes in South Africa earmarked as “exports” did not make it out of the country or did not reach their intended destination during the lockdown. Independent Online reports that tobacco companies repeatedly denied being behind the large number of cigarettes available on the flourishing black market – often at exorbitant prices but the new report concluded that that tobacco companies in SA may have been ’’aiding and abetting an illicit global trade in these products that is not merely confined to Southern Africa’’. The report links Namibia not only as a destination market that received fewer cigarettes as imports than South Africa claimed to have exported to it but also as a source market for illicit cigarettes with a Cape Town gang member telling the authors that he sourced his stock from Namibia.