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WATCH: Mazzotti breaks his silence on tobacco ban

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2020-06-02 09:59:00 PM

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Tobacco trader Adriano Mazzotti says he is not a cigarette smuggler and that in fact the ban is actually killing his business.

Headline grabbing tobacco trader Adriano Mazzotti has been in the news lately, accused of being the force behind the current tobacco ban. He tells Checkpoint he's is not a cigarette smuggler and that in fact the ban is actually killing his business. Courtesy

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#DStv403JOHANNESBURG - Headline-grabbing tobacco trader Adriano Mazzotti has been in the news lately, accused of being the force behind the current tobacco ban.Mazzotti says he is not a cigarette smuggler and that in fact the ban is actually killing his business.

He also claims he andMinister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zumahave never been friends.Mazzotti is a larger than life figure in the South African current affairs and political landscape and he’s no stranger to controversyHe was described by author Jacques Pauw as a politically connected “self-confessed” cigarette smuggler in the bestselling 2017 book

The President’s Keepers.Mazzotti’s notoriety would however reach a fever pitch during South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown when he was blamed for government’s controversial decision to impose a ban on the sale of cigarettes and tobacco.WATCH:Exposing illegal cigarette sales

Pauw claimed in his book that Mazzotti gave Dlamini-Zuma election paraphernalia for 2017 ANC election campaign.Mazzotti says that isn’t the true story and is adamant he only put Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign in touch with a T-shirt company that could offer them a more reasonable price.

Pauw stands by the contents of his book.He toldCheckpointthat there was no evidence of further links between them and added he did not believe the Minister was “in bed with Mazzotti or tobacco”. Read more: eNCA »

Checkpoint_eNCA etv He should not be allowed to bring in cigarettes in the first place. If this is illegal, why is he not in jail? Checkpoint_eNCA etv And you think public believe him because he says so lol Checkpoint_eNCA etv When he opens his mouth he lies just as much as Zuma. Checkpoint_eNCA etv I smell a rat

Checkpoint_eNCA etv Why does this man always look so greasy? Checkpoint_eNCA etv Checkpoint_eNCA etv Ah yes eNCA, just one more distribution point of ANC spin-doctors ANCMustFall NDZMustFall Checkpoint_eNCA etv Yoll are snitches Checkpoint_eNCA etv His name(Mazzoti) sounds so gangster.

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