Tobacco ban: Dlamini-Zuma facing possible contempt of court charge

Tobacco ban: Dlamini-Zuma facing possible contempt of court charge

- Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may well be facing a contempt of court charge

- This comes after the COGTA minister failed to meet a deadline relating to the tobacco ban

- Dlamini-Zuma had been given a cut-off date to file a response to action over the controversial restriction

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Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may well have found herself in hot water over the tobacco ban.

Numerous entities, including the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, had taken the government to court over the lockdown restrictions.

Now, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister may be facing a contempt of court charge over the debacle.

Dlamini-Zuma had been instructed to supply an affidavit responding to the court challenge filed by FITA but has since missed the deadline.

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen has condemned this move, slamming the minister as a 'Constitutional delinquent' for failing to meet the deadline.

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The South African reports that the government has come to Dlamini-Zuma's defence, arguing that the politician should have been given 'extra time to provide a record of the decision'. reported that the government is facing increasing pressure to adjust Covid-19 lockdown regulations after the High Court declared the restrictions 'invalid and unconstitutional'.

The state has now been given two weeks to adjust the regulations or risk having the lockdown overturned completely.

The DA, which currently calls for the lockdown to end, has also launched an application seeking to allow personal care service providers like barbers to return to work.

As the leader of the government's response to Covid-19 Dlamini-Zuma is undeniably facing the greatest amount of scrutiny over her decisions and it seems unlikely to change any time soon.

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