- The DA's John Steenhuisen is not a fan of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's ban on cigarette sales during Level 4 of lockdown
- Taking to social media, Steenhuisen took a jab at the minister, accusing her of benefiting the infamous Adriano Mazzotti
- He shared a throwback photo of Dlamini-Zuma and the corrupt cigarette manufacturer
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People are not happy with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's decision to backtrack on the sale of cigarettes in lockdown.
On Wednesday night, Dlamini-Zuma announced that the ban on ciggies will remain in place as the country goes into lockdown Level 4.
South Africans have expressed their disapproval of her decision on social media and one of the people who won't be backing the ban on cigarette sales is John Steenhuisen.
The DA leader threw some shade at Dlamini-Zuma on Twitter, suggesting her decision might stem from a controversial relationship with Adriano Mazzotti.
Steenhuisen said he knows of "somebody" - referring to Mazzotti - who will be "smiling all the way to the bank after his favourite minister shut down the legal tobacco sales.
Mazzotti has been accused of selling tobacco in an illegal manner. In 2017, Zuma's ex-wife was accused of working closely with Mazzotti, The South African reported.
Photos of her meeting with the corrupt cigarette manufacturer resurfaced online now that she had decided to ban the legal sale of ciggies.
Take a look at Steenhuisen's post below:
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South Africans were divided on Steenhuisen's post, some accused him of delivering a low-blow while others agreed Dlamini-Zuma's ties to Mazzotti is questionable.
Twitter user, @tisko, commented:
"That's low, even for you."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association has confirmed it intends to challenge the government's decision to continue the ban on cigarettes.
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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