- Even though lockdown measures are set to be relaxed, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's stance is that the tobacco ban will be maintained
- South Africans have initiated a petition to have the ban lifted and it has garnered more than 580 000 signatures
- It is believed that those opposing the ban may resort to marching to Parliament or even withholding tax payments
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When President Cyril Ramaphosa initially announced the 21-day nationwide lockdown in March, nearly everyone supported the decision.
However, since then, more and more detractors of the policy have emerged and they've questioned some of the lockdown regulations.
The ban on tobacco has been one of the biggest gripes for many citizens and sales will still not be permitted, in spite of the looming relaxation of some of the lockdown measures.
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In light of this, more than 580 000 South Africans have signed a petition to have the ban overturned.
Jacaranda FM reported that Beverly McClain initiated the petition and it's been signed by both smokers and non-smokers.
McClain said, "As South Africa's collective voice rises so too does the deafening silence from government who's refusing to listen to its citizens. South Africans are furious."
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According to McClain, those opposing the ban have proposed a march to Parliament or even withholding tax payments.
She added, "We're calling for government to give them the evidence that shows why South Africa is the only country in the world that had banned cigarette sales during the lockdown."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that in light of the recent controversy, local band, The Kiffness, has produced a hilarious video and shared it via YouTube.
The video features their new version of the national anthem, which has been inspired by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the anti-tobacco stance.
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