British American Tobacco takes on the government in the Western Cape High Court over the banning of cigarettes and related products during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ackerman said although the company supports many of the difficult decisions taken by government, there has been little to justify the continued prohibition of alcohol and tobacco. He also said the prohibition of these substances impacts on company sales and cashflow.
“The government has on several occasions reassured that they are listening and consulting. But we see little evidence of this,” he said.
The chair then said there is no plausible explanation for South Africa banning the sale of these products during the pandemic.
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