Cigarette lobby groups have called for British American Tobacco South Africa, to be investigated by authorities after a report allegedly linked the multinational to smuggling activity in Mali. According to Fin24 the report by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project claims that BAT oversupplied Mali, knowing that its products, which were largely Dunhill cigarettes manufactured in South Africa, would fall into the hands of smugglers to make their way to North Africa. According to the OCCRP, profits from that smuggling end up with offshoots of al-Qaida and the so-called Islamic State in Mali. When approached for comment, BATSA simply referred Fin24 to the comments made by the global BAT to the OCCRP where they said they were opposed to the illegal trade in tobacco, which was a “serious, highly organised crime”.