Government has continuously opposed the sale of cigarettes during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
The appeal will be heard on 15 July.In its application Fita said the courts got it wrong in finding that cigarettes were not a necessity in terms of the Disaster Management Act which bans sale of tobacco products.Last month a full bench in the Pretoria High Court found that Fita had had not successfully proven its argument and was satisfied with government’s rationale of prohibiting cigarette sales for health reasons.
Since the easing of lockdown restrictions most industries have reopened, while the ban on tobacco products remains in place.Fita has welcomed Thursday’s court decision. Read more: Eyewitness News »
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