FITA Statement – 26 August 2020

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FITA Statement – For immediate release

Over the course of the last week our legal representatives have been engaged in settlement negotiations with the Office of the State Attorney acting on behalf of both the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, as well as the President of the Republic of South Africa, with a view to settling the issues still in dispute in respect of our ongoing court challenge of the cigarette sales ban during the lockdown period, which challenge is currently before the Supreme Court of Appeal.

We can now confirm that the parties have agreed to settle the matter as follows:

  1. That the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs undertakes that, should she seek to reinstate a temporary prohibition of the sale of tobacco and related products at any stage in the future, the aforementioned Minister will follow a public participation process.
  1. Any invitation to or announcement of a consultation process will be issued publicly. FITA and any other interested parties would then be free to participate in that process (This was not the case when the initial ban was implemented).
  1. FITA will withdraw its appeal and the parties will each pay their own costs in respect of the litigation in both the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.
  1. Any future decision regarding the prohibition of the sale of tobacco and related products, if any, shall be taken in accordance with the law and the requirements of legality.

We trust the above to be in order and wish to thank all those who have supported our organization and its fight to have the ban on the sale of cigarettes and tobacco related products lifted.

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

26 August 2020

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

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