Ramaphosa speaks on legal threats from tobacco industry

Ramaphosa speaks on legal threats from tobacco industry

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the reversal of the decision to lift the ban on the sale of cigarettes was a collective decision.

Cyril Ramaphosa
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When he announced the move to level four lockdown a few weeks ago - he said cigarettes could be sold.

But a few days later - Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the ban would in fact remain in place.

British American Tobacco is threatening legal action if government doesn't reverse the ban.

Ramaphosa says they have every right to do so.

"Well, we live in a free country. The content of our democracy is such that if you feel aggrieved, you are entitled to take your grievance to the courts of our country and that's what they've been elected to do. We still have great confidence in the courts of our country, that they are able to examine matters and disputes properly."

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Ramaphosa made the comments while responding to questions from reporters in Pietermaritzburg.

He was there to inspect quarantine site for COVID-19 patients at the royal show grounds.

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