Cyril said Yes, Dlamini Said No, who is President? Cigarette Companies threatens to sue if tobacco products are not on sale by Monday.
Last Week Cyril Ramaphosa announced that cigarettes will be on sale again to the public by Friday the of 1st of May, after he initiated level 4 status in South Africa. However Dlamini-Zuma decided that Cigarettes will not be on sale and one should question her authority over the President of South Africa. American Tobacco has threatened to sue Dlamini-Zuma if cigarette products are not back on the shelf this Monday.
British American Tobacco South Africa warned that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma should alter regulations prohibiting the sale of tobacco products by Monday. If the regulations are not amended, they will head to court and and sue Dlamini-Zuma.
According Dlamini-Zuma a survey was done and 2000 out of 70000 submissions on the regulations requested the ban on tobacco products
Shops are still selling cigarettes even if they could face imprisonment
Although there is a ban in place, South Africans still manage to get cigarettes all over the country at ridiculous prices paying up to R80 per packet of smokes. Cheap cigarettes or no no name brands are selling for R50 per packet. If caught selling cigarettes in South Africa shop owners could cough up a hefty fine of up to R1 million or one year imprisonment.
According to a shop owner, they can not stop selling as clients will go to their competition and buy cigarettes as well as essential products that will put them out of business.
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