According to reports from News24, Cyril Ramaphosa responded to a parliamentary question on the ban on cigarette sales: “It’s hard to say when exactly the ban will be lifted”.
DA MP Annette Steyn addressed the written question to Ramaphosa. She wanted to know the evidence before the coronavirus command board that allowed them to overturn Ramaphosa’s decision that cigarette sales would be allowed back on Level 4.
Ramaphosa, in his response to Steyn, said the ban on cigarette sales would be lifted depending on factors such as how the virus spreads, the readiness of the health system, and the growing knowledge of the virus.
The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) court application be heard on Wednesday after being postponed by a day.
Ramaphosa was not “at odds” over the ban on tobacco sales, says Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in her answering affidavit in the lawsuit brought by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita).
This comes after the government made a second attempt this week to postpone the lawsuit. It did not succeed. The case was placed on the court roll for June 9 and 10.