The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association court application will only be heard on Wednesday after being postponed by a day.
COURT CASE UPDATE:— FITA (@fita_sa) June 8, 2020
The Judges hearing the matter will use tomorrow, 9 June 2020, to consider the legal arguments advanced by the parties, and the matter will proceed to be heard on 10 June 2020.
We thank you all once again for the support and well wishes.
FITA urged the court on an urgent basis to review Regulation 27 of the Disaster Management Act and set aside so that all tobacco products could be sold locally.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs filed her answering oath last week after her department’s second request for postponement of the case was rejected.
Judge Vivian Tlhapi, in the same court, on Friday rejected an application by Smokers Unite One, Annemarie Beets and Robert Goulding to enter the case as interested parties.
Meanwhile Tax Justice South Africa says that the illicit trade of cigarettes are rising.
We need more money and personnel to fight #COVID19inSA, says @PresidencyZA.— Tax Justice South Africa (@TaxJustice_SA) June 8, 2020
We don’t need to lose R35 million every day to the cigarette ban.
It’s enriching criminals in illicit trade.#LockThemUp #LiftTheBan https://t.co/VqdLDtRU0q