He will no longer take legal action against the government for banning the sale of tobacco products during the state of restriction, says Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita).
The announcement follows Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement Thursday that cigarette sales will be allowed again as of May 1 as part of the phasing out of the national restriction.
Fita initially planned to take legal action on Wednesday.
Fita’s chairman Sinenhlanhla Mnguni said that given the circumstances, he would be stupid to go to court knowing what pressure is on the government and without giving them a reasonable response time.
On Friday, Fita thanked Ramaphosa, his cabinet and staff, as well as all other South Africans “who have ensured that to date they have prevented the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the country”.