- The government has welcomed the High Court's decision to dismiss the case relating to the tobacco ban
- FITA's application to overturn the restriction amid the Covid-19 lockdown was unsuccessful
- Now, the state insists that the prohibition was put in place to save lives during the pandemic
The government has welcomed the Gauteng High Court's dismissal of the challenge concerning the controversial tobacco ban.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association had lost its bid to see the ban lifted as numerous citizens rejected the prohibition that made purchasing cigarettes illegal during the Covid-19 lockdown.
GCIS Director-General Phumla Williams weighed in on the victory in a statement issued on Friday:
“Government continues to remain steadfast that the ban on cigarette and tobacco product sales was put in place to protect the health of South African citizens as a result of Covid-19. Every citizen has a role to play to prevent the spread of the virus and we need to do everything possible to minimize the burden on the already strained healthcare system."
South Africans were called upon to continue practising preventative measures as infections continue to rise:
"Government is appealing to all citizens to continue taking steps to protect themselves and others. Practice washing your hands often using soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub. Maintain a safe distance and stay home if you feel unwell."
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