FITA lays charges after receiving threatening calls over tobacco ban

FITA lays charges after receiving threatening calls over tobacco ban

- The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association has revealed that is has been receiving threats

- The entity is taking on the government over the tobacco ban and it seems as if someone has gotten impatient

- The group confirmed that threatening calls have been made to their offices after the matter wasn't swiftly resolved

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The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association has commented that it will be opening a case with the police.

This is after numerous threats were made against their office administrator over the cigarette ban saga.

Sinenhlanhla Mnguni, attorney for the group, revealed that an unknown suspect had threatened to assault the administrator, furious that the group had delayed the decision on the controversial ban.

However, this is something that FITA simply doesn't have any control over.

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Mnguni explained that a private number had called the office and left an explosive message, the result is that the female employee is terrified to come to work:

“A coward contacted our office telephonically via a private number and threatened to ‘come to the office and f***-up’ our office administrator, ‘due to the delay in the handing down of the cigarette ban judgment’, which is something are following up on but remains completely out of our hands.
"Now we have a situation where a young lady is afraid to come to work because of these threats. We take threats of this nature very seriously and we will lodge the necessary complaint with the police. It’s unacceptable!”

Over a week since the court adjourned on the case and with no verdict in sight, the wait has been difficult for smokers keen on getting their hands on cigarettes after months without.

FITA has acknowledged the anger and frustration, explaining why the matter has seemingly been delayed:

"We understand the frustrations of the many people who have supported us during our challenging of the #CigaretteBan in relation to judgment in this matter. Let us all be mindful of the fact that the record in this matter is approximately 6000 pages long."

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