-Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has received endless backlash over the ban on tobacco amid the Covid-19 lockdown
- However, Minister Blade Nzimande has sung her praises in a show of support
- The Higher Education Minister credits Dlamini-Zuma with helping him kick the habit
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Blade Nzimande has showered Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with praise.
The Higher Education Minister says that Dlamini-Zuma's campaigns had helped him to quit not only cigarettes but alcohol.
Commenting on the matter during a visit to a Pietermaritzburg TVET College, Nzimande recounted how Dlamini-Zuma had launched campaigns during her time as Health Minister:
“It might have taken a bit longer because of some people like us, but I stopped smoking in 2012 because of this ongoing campaign that was ringing in our ears. I am very proud of it because I am feeling much better. I stopped drinking in 2018... it can be done as I am an example.”
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Nzimande continued to highlight how important it is for the state to intensify campaigns against both substances.
“As a government, we need a heightened campaign against smoking and alcohol abuse. It looks like the level of alcohol abuse in our society is abnormally high."
While the issue has been in the spotlight amid the pandemic, Nzimande wants the campaign to continue long after the outbreak has subsided:
“Beyond Covid-19 we may maintain the stringent measures but also we need education to accompany this. We need a huge, huge campaign against these two things (cigarettes and alcohol), but we won’t win this campaign on our own, and we will need to forge a partnership in society."
Briefly.co.za reported that Dlamini-Zuma had been subjected to such criticism over her support for a continued tobacco ban amid the Covid-19 pandemic, that President Cyril Ramaphosa had been forced to say the minister had not made the call on her own.
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