Gareth Cliff's open letter to the president gets mixed reviews

Gareth Cliff's open letter to the president gets mixed reviews

- Gareth Cliff hasn't made it a secret that he's not too sure about this whole lockdown situation

- The last straw for the online radio station owner was when government reneged on a promise to unban cigarette sales

- Gareth took to social media to air an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa over the issue

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Gareth Cliff has had it with government lockdown regulations.

When government went back on its promise to allow cigarette sales, the radio host took to social media to say, although he doesn't smoke, he doesn't agree with the ban at all.

He said, "Our patience and emotional state of being are on a knife's edge and we're losing hope. The regulations not only have to make sense, but also have to have significant buy-in from the public. There are more of us than there are police and soldiers, so if you piss enough people off things can get very hairy."

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Soon, Gareth Cliff was a trending topic with many offering their opinions on the situation.

Some tweeps took his statement as a threat to government and said Gareth needs to simply toe the line.

One tweep said, "The only thing I heard from this letter is a complaint about the ban of cigarettes and I don't believe the 'I don't smoke' propaganda. The smoke ban affects Cliff in many ways. Most people who surround him are smokers, hence the letter is not as neutral as it is made to seem."

Others believed Gareth has a right to air his views like any other citizen.

Yesterday, Briefly.co.za reported that British American Tobacco has threatened to take government to court if the cigarette sales ban isn't lifted by tomorrow.

Today, Minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu ruled out any possibility of the ban being lifted.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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