FITA Press Release 22 July 2020

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We call upon government to immediately clarify a tweet posted on the official government twitter account (@GovernmentZA) earlier today stating that the ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarette (sic) will remain in place throughout the lockdown period.

This statement contradicts government’s previous position on this issue, with inter alia President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Jackson Mthembu both stating on a number of occasions publicly that it was only a matter of time ...

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FITA Statement – 15 July 2020

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Our Application for Leave to Appeal the full bench of the High Court ruling of 26 June 2020 which dismissed our application challenging the cigarette ban during the lockdown period was heard earlier today.

We are once again very happy with the arguments raised by our legal team and we now await the ruling of the Court.

Judgment in the matter has been reserved and the Court has said that it will deliver judgment on whether we ...

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FITA Statement 09 July 2020

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We’ve just received confirmation from the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria that our application for leave to appeal the ruling of 26 June 2020 dismissing our cigarette ban challenge will be heard on the 15th of July 2020.

Issued by Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association Chairperson: Sinenhlanhla Mnguni 09 July 2020 

For queries kindly contact Monique Vogel t: 072 720 7919; e: Monique@fita.co.za

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FITA Statement – 03 July2020

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FITA Statement – For immediate release

Earlier today we filed our application for leave to appeal the ruling of the Pretoria High Court on 26 June 2020 dismissing our application to have the ban on the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products during the lockdown period lifted.

We will keep the public updated on any further developments in relation to this matter.

We thank you all once again for your support throughout.

Issued by Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association Chairperson: Sinenhlanhla Mnguni

03 July 2020

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FITA Statement – 17 June 2020

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FITA Statement – For immediate release

We understand the frustrations of the many people who have supported us during our challenging of the #CigaretteBan in relation to judgment in this matter.

Let us all be mindful of the fact that the record in this matter is approximately 6000 pages long and the court has to apply its mind taking this and many other factors into consideration.

We further wish to dismiss any allegations that we are involved in ANY discussions whatsoever with government ...

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FITA Statement 08 June 2020

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FITA Statement – For immediate release

COURT CASE UPDATE

‪The Judges hearing the matter will use tomorrow, 9 June 2020, to consider the legal arguments advanced by the parties, and the matter will proceed to be heard on 10 June 2020.

‪We thank you all once again for the support and well wishes. 

Issued by Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association Chairperson: Sinenhlanhla Mnguni

08 June 2020

For queries kindly contact Monique Vogel t: 072 720 7919; e: Monique@fita.co.za

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FITA Statement – 29 May 2020

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We have today received a directive from the Pretoria High Court that our matter will be heard on 9 and 10 June 2020 before a Full Bench of the High Court. We once again wish to thank all those who have sent their well wishes and supported us throughout this period.

Issued by Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association Chairperson: Sinenhlanhla Mnguni 29 May 2020

For queries kindly contact Monique Vogel t: 072 720 7919; e: Monique@fita.co.za

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FITA Statement – 27 May 2020

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We can confirm that this morning we received the record of decision and reasons for the banning of the sale of cigarettes from the Respondents. We are now finalising our supplementary papers which will be served on the Respondents by no later than 29 May 2020 as per the court order of 12 May 2020 which states inter alia the following:

2.1.the Applicant may amend its notice of motion and supplement its founding affidavit by no ...

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FITA Statement – 22 May 2020

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FITA finds it very disturbing that whilst engaged in court litigation with the State in respect of the banning of sales of cigarettes during the current lock down period, members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) have acted unlawfully against two of our members.

The behaviour of the relevant SAPS members is made worse by the recent scathing findings by the High Court against heavy-handedness of security forces under the lock down period. To make ...

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FITA Statement 22 May 2020

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FITA Statement – For immediate release

We understand the outrage amongst many citizens of this country in as far as comments in newspaper reports which have been attributed to Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in relation to the prohibition of inter alia the sale of cigarettes during Level 3 of the lockdown period and beyond.

Our understanding is that the issue is now before the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) where it is being debated, however to ...

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