Jobless citizens earn a living from illicit cigarette sales

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Jobless citizens earn a living from illicit cigarette sales. Picture: iStock/ Zhang Rong
Jobless citizens earn a living from illicit cigarette sales. Picture: iStock/ Zhang Rong

The cigarette ban may be a contentious issue, but for some formerly unemployed individuals the ban has opened the doors for income.

Eddie Mazibuko* and Ndumiso Mvelase*, who live in the south of Johannesburg, told City Press that they had been unemployed for more than two years and the ban presented an opportunity for them to make money because “smokers still need their fix”.

“I found out where I could get cigarettes to resell and a carton [10 packs of 20s] cost me R600. And these are the cheaper cigarettes,” Mazibuko told City Press.

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