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 date no definitive decision in as far as the sale or prohibition of the sale of cigarettes has been taken, with many on the NCCC also allegedly in support of the lifting of the ban on the sale of cigarettes.
In as far as our court application is concerned, as per the court order of 12 May 2020, government has a deadline of Tuesday 26 May 2020 to hand over to us the record of decision and the reasons, if any, for the promulgation of the current regulation 27 of the Level 4 regulations, after which time we will immediately supplement our court papers and have the matter heard soon thereafter. We have further been granted a special allocation by the Acting Deputy Judge President of the Pretoria High Court in this regard and we will advise shortly once the date for our matter to be heard is confirmed by the appointed Judge.
We again wish to thank you all for your support throughout this entire period which has been hugely appreciated.
Issued by Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association Chairperson: Sinenhlanhla Mnguni
22 May 2020
For queries kindly contact Monique Vogel t: 072 720 7919; e: Monique@fita.co.za