A petition was started on the Change.org platform. The petition ask that the ban on cigarettes be lifted.
The petition reads:
We were given 1 days notice of the banning of cigarette sales during the lockdown, which is really unfair and spiteful.
Withdrawel of nicotine has serious effects on a lot of people and is especially elevated because of the stress and fear happening in our country.
It causes, amongst others, depression and anxiety and because we are in lockdown, most people will lash out and maybe even hurt loved ones unintentionally.
Uplifting the ban would, amongst other things save jobs, bring more money into the state coffers, stimulate the economy, and decrease the psychological impact on us South Africans of the lockdown period.
Please dont turn us into criminals, Mr President.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.https://www.change.org/p/president-cyril-ramaphosa-lift-the-ban-on-cigarette-sales-in-south-africa
This comes after Minister Dlamini-Zuma said: “To be honest, I forgot about that people smoke together. I forgot how people spit in the attic and smoke it. This kind of stuff was highlighted by the public, who pointed out the dangers of smoking, especially about how the poor smoke. So we collectively made a decision.
“That’s the story about tobacco. It’s not assumptions, it’s science. If it wasn’t a problem we would smoke here, but public smoking is not allowed. Once Covid-19 is gone, things can return to normal. The measures are not draconian, it’s the virus, ”says Dlamini-Zuma.
Dlamini-Zuma says many people say the measures are draconian, but it’s not as if the government has risen from the blue and made decisions. Everything the government is doing is about fighting the virus. We are opening the economy because it cannot stay closed while we deal with the virus the minister said.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has overruled the president of SA, who stated as fact that tobacco products will be allowed from Friday. Her explanation of "2 000 people" opposing it is a joke. No consideration given to the massive black market that makes a nonsense of her ban. Just silly— Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) April 29, 2020