Covid-19 wrap: Cigarette ban in spotlight, Motshekga wants less drama

Covid-19 wrap: Cigarette ban in spotlight, Motshekga wants less drama

South Africa's ministers managed to stir the collective pot on Friday, especially with regards to the cigarette ban. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates as the nation continues to combat the coronavirus.

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From the ban over cigarettes to the plan to reopen schools the current situation in South Africa remains tense.

Briefly.co.za explores how three Ministers hogged the spotlight amid a continued Covid-19 lockdown.

1. Uproar as Dlamini-Zuma calls for cigarette, alcohol ban to continue

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.

2. Angie Motshekga tells SA to stop 'creating drama' over schools opening

Minister Angie Motshekga's comments on 702 has raised more than a few eyebrows in Mzansi.

Motshekga called for concerned citizens to 'stop creating drama' over the plan to reopen schools:

“There is no need to dramatic on this… We should not be creating drama saying schools are more at risk of infection than anywhere else.”

This comes as the nation prepares to allow students to return to the classroom despite the continued risk posed by the Covid-19 virus.

3. Cele warns smokers that cops will be asking for receipts: Covid-19

Smokers caught with cigarettes outside of their homes better prepare themselves to do some explaining when encountering law enforcement during lockdown.

Speaking during a media briefing on Friday night, Police Minister Bheki Cele commented that: “It is not illegal to smoke cigarettes in your house.

The only problem is when we find it in a car and you fail to show us where you did you get the cigarette ... and when. If you say you have bought the cigarette, here is the receipt, we’ve got two options there: to get you, and go and get the person who sold the cigarette to you. But if the cigarette was there in your thousand looses and you’re smoking in your home, really, we’re not coming into your house and arrest you."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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