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SA Lockdown: Court battle over tobacco ban on hold

Tobacco Association

A court battle over the ban on the sale of tobacco products has been delayed. The Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) wants the ban on tobacco sales to be declared invalid. The sale of tobacco products under level four lockdown is not allowed. Government says this is to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


The association wants government to provide it with records and minutes of meetings where the decision to reinstitute the ban was taken.

“Government has given us a number of concessions…which rendered the need to argue part A of our application no longer necessary. We’ve been granted the necessary relief now we deal with part B, which is to argue that the ban on the sale of cigarettes was not rationale and we’ll base our argument on the record of decision which will be provided to us by government,” said Fita chairperson Sinenhlanhla Mnguni.

In other news – Enhle Mbali to star in a new Showmax film Thokoza

Actress Enhle Mbali is set to star in a new Showmax film titled Loving Thokoza. The star will play Charlotte Grootboom a young teacher at an apartheid-ravaged school in Thokoza, who she fights to set up a feeding scheme and a debating society.

Enhle Mbali

Enhle shared the trailer on social media saying in part; “Meet Charlotte Grootboom. Lived in a time where a promise of freedom was daily bread. Loved this character. 20 May on @showmaxonline. Read more

Source: eNCA