- Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma wants the tobacco and alcohol ban to continue
- Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has reportedly backed Dlamini-Zuma in this regard
- This comes as the nation is expected to enjoy being able to purchase their respective sin products as of June 1
Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has told the National Coronavirus Command Council that the sale of tobacco and alcohol products should be banned until Level 1 lockdown.
News24 reports that Dlamini-Zuma's motion was supported by Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi when she voiced her opinion.
The minister reportedly feels that allowing the sale of cigarettes and alcohol on June 1 when SA migrates to Level 3 would pose too much of a health risk, despite immense pressure to unban the products.
The meeting, chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa, then fiercely debated this issue with no resolution in this regard made.
A high-ranking insider, with intimate knowledge of the meeting, claims that Dlamini-Zuma came armed with academic papers that supported her argument.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had denied any allegations of the government having any agenda when it came to this controversial issue.
Those who stood in opposition to a continued ban on these products argued that the current pandemic made for a poor backdrop for a battle over policy decisions.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, who had supported the ban in the early stages of lockdown, has allegedly come to terms with the opinion that the ban should be relaxed during Level 3.
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