Cigarette ban: Lawsuits loading as over 335 000 citizens sign petition

Cigarette ban: Lawsuits loading as over 335 000 citizens sign petition

- The Fait-Trade Independent Tobacco Association has confirmed it intends to challenge the government's decision to continue the ban on cigarettes

- This comes as Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced a u-turn on President Cyril Ramaphosa's earlier lifting of the ban

- Tax Justice South Africa has also slammed the move as 'economical sabotage'

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The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association has confirmed its intentions to take the state on over the 're-banning' of cigarette sales during Level 4 lockdown.

Announcing the decision to gradually lift lockdown conditions in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa himself had announced citizens would be able to purchase tobacco products as of Friday.

However, detailing the new lockdown regulations, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma shocked South Africans by announcing this would no longer be the case.

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FITA had previously threatened to pursue legal action over the ban and this announcement has only served to reinforce their resolve.

“Consulting with our attorneys and senior counsel on the urgent court application first thing in the morning. Let a court of law adjudicate on this issue once and for all.”

The Tax Justice South Africa, which focuses on illicit trade and corruption involving state funds, had also joined the resistance against the ban, commenting.

“This is life-endangering economic sabotage that hands trade to the organised syndicates who flourished under SA’s decade of ruinous leadership. Those crooks and gangsters who thought their free run was over when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced lifting of the ban last week are still very much in business. They will be partying tonight.” learned that over 335 000 citizens have added their voice to the campaign to lift the ban in the space of just a few hours following the controversial briefing.

Thousands of rands were also donated to help fund the legal challenge to compel the government to rethink their draconian stance on the matter.

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