BATSA taking government to court again over cigarettes sales ban under level 3

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Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed during a media briefing on Thursday that the sale of tobacco products would still not be permitted under level 3. Picture: GCIS
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed during a media briefing on Thursday that the sale of tobacco products would still not be permitted under level 3. Picture: GCIS

British American Tobacco SA (BATSA) is heading to court again to challenge government’s not to lift the ban on the sale of tobacco products under level 3 of the Covid-19 coronavirus regulations.

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed during a media briefing on Thursday that the sale of tobacco products would still not be permitted under level 3 which starts on Monday.

In a statement on Friday morning, BATSA said its effort to “constructively engage” with government since the ban was introduced had failed.

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