The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) ‘s application for leave to appeal will be heard on July 15 in the Pretoria High Court.
His application comes after a full bench of judges on June 26 ruled that dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs, has valid reasons for the tobacco ban during the state of restriction.
In the judgment, all of Fita’s arguments were rejected. The judges, led by Gauteng judge President Dunstan Mlambo, ruled that Fita did not take into account the context in which the regulations were promulgated.
However, Fita disputes this finding and argues the appellate court may come to a different conclusion.
The ban on the sale of tobacco products has been in effect for more than three months and it already has a major financial impact on the industry. In addition, the cigarette trade has grown significantly as smokers now buy these cigarettes.
Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa recently assured South Africa that the ban was not permanent, but he did not elaborate on when it could possibly be lifted.
Fita chairman Sinenhlanhla Mnguni confirmed on Friday that the court had given them that date. It will be heard online and not in court.
Fita filed his application for leave to appeal a week ago.