- President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South African smokers to be patient amid a continued tobacco ban
- The nation's leader assured citizens that the prohibition will be lifted at lower levels of the lockdown
- This comes after Minister Jackson Mthembu assured SA that Level 2 lockdown would see the ban relaxed
President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured Mzansi smokers that the tobacco ban will be lifted at lower levels of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Speaking to SABC, Ramaphosa reminded the nation that scientific evidence had been used to navigate the tricky tacks of responding to the pandemic that has brought numerous countries around to world to a standstill.
One of the more controversial restrictions has undoubtedly been the regulations that saw tobacco products prohibited over the course of the past two months.
With smokers turning to the black market in light of the ban, citizens have been paying massively inflated prices for cigarettes, while the government loses over R35 million daily in taxes.
But the president has called on South Africans to be patient, promising that the lockdown will not last forever:
“We are not permanently going to be on Level 3. We are going to migrate to another level. Even those who are hankering for tobacco, they must know that it is only a matter of time before their hankering is assuaged or addressed.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu had promised the nation that tobacco products would be available for purchase during Level 2 of the Covid-19 lockdown.
This comes as numerous organisations and lobby groups signalled their intention to challenge the ban in court while citizens are reduced to criminal measures to get their nicotine fix.
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