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South Africa Estimates That Illicit Economy Worth 10% of GDP

June 02, 2011

June 2 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa’s government estimates illicit activities account for about 10 percent of the country’s gross national product and cost the economy about 178 billion rand ($26 billion) a year, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said.

Losses were biggest in the mining, textile and tobacco industries, he said in an address to lawmakers in Cape Town.

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