- Simphiwe Dana has added her voice to those who have complained about the ban of cigarette sales on Mzansi's Level 4 lockdown
- The songstress warned that preventing smokers from smoking might trigger anxiety and other illnesses
- Over 335 000 citizens have added their voice to the campaign to lift the ban on cigarette sales
Songstress Simphiwe Dana has joined thousands of South Africans who have voiced their dissatisfaction over the 're-banning' of cigarette sales during Mzansi's Level 4 lockdown.
A few days ago, President Cyril ramaphosa had announced that the sale of ciggies will be allowed under the gradually lifted lockdown conditions as of 1 May.
However, on Wednesday night, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma surprised many smokers when she announced that this would no longer be the case.
Dlamini-Zuma said following the submissions of more than 2 000 people opposing the sale of tobacco, cigarette sales will not be permitted even on Level 4.
Many people reacted to Dlamini-Zuma's new announcement via social media.
Simphiwe was one of those people. The Ndiredi hitmaker tweeted:
"I’m not even a smoker but inhibiting long term smokers from smoking does nothing for their health in the short term, besides just giving them anxiety. Anxiety might trigger other illnesses."
Another Mzansi star, Mpho Letsholonyane, posted:
"No more cigarettes on sale... Askies smokers."
Celeb Anele Mdoda wrote:
"Cyril straight up said, 'ask your mother', and y'all know full well what happens then. My President!!!"
Briefly.co.za has reported that 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.
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 stance on the matter.
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