NewsliteSA earlier reported that You can now buy cigarettes, but only in the Western Cape.
In a media briefing on Thursday, Minister of Police, Bheki Cele said that the law still stands and cigarettes are not allowed to be sold.
Minister Bheki Cele says that there is an incorrect assumption that regulations are different among provinces. He says provincial governments can come forward with suggestions, but regulations for the lockdown are binding for all provinces.
Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma addressed South Africans saying that regulations will keep changing as the lockdown goes on.
This comes after the Western Cape Government lifted the cigarette ban on Wednesday.
In a statement on the Western Cape Government website, the spokesperson for the Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities says that Cigarettes may be sold during the lockdown, but only together with essential goods.
There has been mixed signals regarding the sale of cigarettes during the lockdown.
It is still unclear if the ban will be lifted because of the mass looting at liquor stores.