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Tobacco ban under court scrutiny this week

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The cigarette ban has polarised South Africans. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images
The cigarette ban has polarised South Africans. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

The fight for the sale and distribution of tobacco is set to continue in the courts this week after president Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday night that tobacco would remain banned under level three of lockdown, which starts next Monday.

Government has until Wednesday to provide the Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association with the minutes and records of the meetings of the national coronavirus command council at which the decision was made to ban cigarettes.

This is according to a court order which was handed down on May 12.

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