British American Tobacco South Africa says that the fight to get the ban on cigarette sales lifted has been "long and extremely frustrating", and it is looking forward to the matter being swiftly resolved by the courts.
South Africa's largest cigarette manufacturer lodged a case to challenge the state's ban on the sales of cigarettes and tobacco product which has been enforced since the start of lockdown in late March. The government says the ban is necessary due to health reasons.
The court challenge was heard over two days in the Western Cape High Court this week. Judgment was reserved.