- Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is now facing accusations of violating the Ethics Code
- The DA has lodged a complaint, accusing the minister of misleading Parliament
- This is the latest drama in the controversy over the continued tobacco lockdown prohibition
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will now need to face the music after allegedly misleading the government over the tobacco ban.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance was adamant that the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister had lied when she deliberately bloated public support of the controversial prohibition during the Covid-19 lockdown.
DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone says that the opposition party will now be pursuing a complaint with Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members'.
Mazzone echoed John Steenhuisen's opinion that Dlamini-Zuma had 'lied to the nation', commenting that:
“We will lodge a Code of Ethical Conduct complaint against Minister Dlamini-Zuma. The Minister has a duty of care to ensure that she provides Parliament with correct information. She misled South Africans about the amount of public participation her Department received supporting the ban on the sale of cigarettes in lockdown.”
Mazzone says that claiming that 2 000 citizens had supported the ban was simply an exaggeration and that the minister should be held accountable for it:
“On 29 May she said during a televised briefing that the Department received more than 2 000 public submissions supporting such a ban. Now it has been revealed that the Minister had not even received 2 000 submissions in total, let alone that many supporting her ban. She must, therefore, be held accountable.”
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