- The ANC has voiced its support for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
- This comes after members of the public lashed out at her over the tobacco ban
- The lockdown regulations are set to ease at the end of the month
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The ANC has voiced its support for Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in light of the recent attacks against her.
This came after media reported that she wanted the ban on alcohol and tobacco to remain in place until Level 1 of the lockdown.
Briefly.co.za learned that president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that at the end of the month lockdown measures are set to ease and more sectors of the economy would open.
Calls for Dlamini-Zuma's resignation have grown amidst the controversy, according to ENCA.
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In other news, Briedly.co.za reported that ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has come out swinging in the minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's defence.
Duarte has accused the tobacco industry of making people ill through cigarettes and other products. She also praised Dlamini-Zuma for what she has done for the country.
This comes as members of the national command council have been accused of supporting Dlamini-Zuma's continued ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol.
People have also suspected Dlamini-Zuma is being behind the government's sudden decision to ban cigarettes as the country moved to lockdown Level 4.
Duarte defended Dlamini-Zuma and said the attacks were unfair.
“I wish to protest against the attack on minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma by what is clearly a well-orchestrated tobacco industry trying to make sure we are driven into a deeper crisis during a period when we are facing a health crisis that attacks people's respiratory organs,” said Duarte.
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