SA Lockdown: Court battle over tobacco ban on hold.

Ban on Tobacco has sparked reactions from The Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association who are heading to court to declare the decision null and void.

The association is demanded nullification of the decision on the ban on the sale of tobacco by the government that has banned the sale of tobacco under level four lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A court battle over the ban on the sale of tobacco products has been delayed.

The Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) wants the ban on tobacco sales to be declared null and void.

The sale of tobacco products under level four lock-down is not allowed.

Government says this is to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The association wants government to provide it with records and minutes of meetings where the decision to reinstitute the ban was taken.

According to  FITA chairperson Sinenhlanhla Mnguni. “Government has given us a number of concessions…which rendered the need to argue part A of our application no longer necessary. We’ve been granted the necessary relief now we deal with part B, which is to argue that the ban on the sale of cigarettes was not rationale and we’ll base our argument on the record of decision which will be provided to us by government,” 

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