- The sale of cigarettes and alcohol will still not be permitted in Mzansi even under Level 4
- Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said following submissions of more than 2 000 people opposing the sale of tobacco, cigarettes and alcohol sales will remain banned from 1 May
- This has garnered mixed reactions from South Africans on social media
Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has announced that the sale of cigarettes and alcohol will remain banned amid the Covid-19 lockdown.
Dlamini-Zuma provided a detailed update on Wednesday on some of the changes that will come into effect from 1 May.
She shed light on the new Level 4 lockdown restrictions that were recently announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Many Mzansi smokers were happy when Ramaphosa announced that the ban on cigarette sales will be lifted from 1 May, but on Wednesday government backtracked its announcement.
Dlamini-Zuma said following the submissions of more than 2 000 people opposing the sale of tobacco, cigarettes and alcohol sales will not be permitted.
This garnered mixed reactions from Mzansi peeps.
They took to social media to share their views on Dlamini-Zuma's announcement.
"Who? Me? Cigarette Sales? Permitted? I don't remember."
" #Level4Restrictions So president announced that sale of cigarettes will be allowed. The public complains. Then government immediately backtracks. I've never thought we would see this healthy relationship in SA. We truly living in unprecedented times."
"Lets be honest, since smoking deteriorates your lungs and burns them up, and the coronavirus goes to your lungs, smoking is just like jumping in front of an incoming train."
"It's a goal, Smokers 1:0 Drinkers. Wait a minute it is believed Ramaphosa might have been slightly offside, the goal is being reviewed by VAR, indeed it won't count he was offside. It's game on, Smokers 0:0 Drinkers."
"Covid-19 is a disease that attacks the respiratory system and yet smokers are still angry about the cigarette ban?"
Briefly.co.za reported that Dlamini-Zuma said South Africans can now cycle, run and walk within their neighbourhoods. Recreational visits will still not be allowed and those without permits, cannot be on the road between 8pm to 5am.
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