Black tobacco farmers accuse the government of supporting criminals

Black tobacco farmers accuse the government of supporting criminals

- The Black Tobacco Farmers Association (BTFA) has slammed the ban on the sale of tobacco

- Black tobacco farmers claim that the government is enabling criminals with the ban

- The farmers feel that the ANC is suppressing them with the lockdown regulation

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The ban on the sale of tobacco under the lockdown has been debated heavily in South Africa. Smokers have expressed their disapproval of the regulation and another group has come forward to share the devastating effect it has.

The Black Tobacco Farmers Association (BTFA) opened up about the impact of the ban on tobacco on not only the economy, but the farmers who employ people and pay taxes.

BFTA accused the government of enabling criminals during the lockdown as the sale of illicit cigarettes boom during this period.

BFTA is livid over the ANC's decision to extend the ban on tobacco sales, adding they are supporting criminals by prohibiting the lawful sale of tobacco.

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According to an article by , BTFA secretary Jabulani Tembe said:

"We pay tax and run a legitimate business. We're creating jobs in SA, but the government is suppressing us. The ban is having a big impact on farmers. We employ a lot of people as farmers."

The BFTA secretary added that whatever these farmers have planted could not be harvested or sold.

Tembe added that even with the tobacco ban in Mzansi, people are still smoking and the criminals are benefitting from it. previously reported President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday night.

He revealed plans to move to lockdown Level 3 but added that the ban on cigarettes and tobacco products would remain.

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