Vector-in-chief sucker-punches SA’s smokers

03 May 2020 - 00:00

Something happened. On Thursday April 23 President Cyril Ramaphosa appeared on television to announce the introduction of level 4 lockdown restrictions from May 1, which would ease a five-week total Covid-19 lockdown. One of the standout relaxations was that the sale of tobacco products would, at level 4, resume.

Then, last Wednesday, co-operative governance & traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma held a briefing in which she announced the final level 4 regulations. She said the sale of tobacco products would remain prohibited, directly contradicting Ramaphosa’s promise...

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