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In the view of government, there is a reasonable prospect the appeal, if allowed, would succeed.
In the view of government, there is a reasonable prospect the appeal, if allowed, would succeed.
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Government has applied to the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal a Western Cape High Court judgment which found the ban on trading in tobacco during South Africa's hard lockdown last year was unnecessary.

Represented in the case by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council, government's view was that the ban would curb the spread of Covid-19. The 5-month ban was in place until SA moved into lockdown Level 2 in August. The aim was claimed to be to stop people from smoking so that they do not get Covid-19 in a more severe form.

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