- The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association is currently fighting the tobacco ban amid the Covid-19 lockdown
- A viral post on social media claims that the ban will be lifted this week and smokers are rejoicing
- Briefly.co.za explores this claim to determine if there is any truth behind it
The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association has challenged the government over the prohibition in South Africa.
The current lockdown restrictions have seen all tobacco products taken off the shelves and this has proved to be one of the most enduring laws as well as one of the most controversial.
A post on social media has been doing the rounds, widely shared in Mzansi, claiming that the ban would be lifted this week:
"FITA senior council is confident that the tobacco ban will be lifted by Tuesday this week. This comes as judgement by the High Court was reserved and a special meeting held by the lawyers representing FITA and the government. Smokers are expected to purchase cigarettes over the counter at all outlets on Wednesday 17 June 2020 at the original prices."
Briefly.co.za reported that FITA is certainly confident that it has put forward a strong enough case to win the case with the association's lawyer, Sinenhlanhla Mnguni, commenting that:
“Without trying to pre-empt the outcome of the court proceedings of June 10, we are very confident of a favourable outcome, particularly following the strong case we put forward in court when oral arguments were heard by the full bench of the High Court."
However, the entity has made it abundantly clear that there has been no set date for the ruling to be handed down and that the viral post is definitely fake news:
"We have been made aware of a number communications doing the rounds on different social media platforms claiming that the Pretoria High Court has made a ruling on the FITA Cigarette Ban matter. This is not correct and is misleading."
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