Over 270‚000 South Africans sign petition against ban on cigarette sales

Over 270‚000 South Africans have signed a petition against the ban on the sale of cigarettes‚ while the tobacco industry prepares to mount a legal challenge.

In response to the government’s apparent U-turn on Wednesday night‚ the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) said: “Consulting with our attorneys and senior counsel on the urgent court application first thing in the morning. Let a court of law adjudicate on this issue once and for all.”

The petition‚ started by Bev McClean‚ was started when smokers were given one day’s notice of the ban ahead of the lockdown on March 27.

On Wednesday night‚ the number of signatories shot up after cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced that cigarettes would not be allowed under level 4 restrictions.

Dlamini-Zuma’s announcement comes a week after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the sale of cigarettes would be allowed.

Dlamini-Zuma’s announcement comes a week after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the sale of cigarettes would be allowed.

By 7.25am on Thursday‚ 273‚483 people had signed the petition on change.org.

“We were given one day’s notice of the banning of cigarette sales during the lockdown‚ which is really unfair and spiteful‚” the petition reads.

Withdrawal of nicotine‚ the author of the petition notes‚ has serious effects on a lot of people and is especially elevated because of the “stress and fear” happening in the country.

“It causes‚ among others‚ depression and anxiety‚ and because we are in lockdown‚ most people will lash out and maybe even hurt loved ones unintentionally.

“Uplifting the ban [sic] would‚ among other things‚ save jobs‚ bring more money into the state coffers‚ stimulate the economy‚ and decrease the psychological impact on us South Africans of the lockdown period.

“Please don’t turn us into criminals‚ Mr President. The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

By: Nomahlubi Jordaan -TimesLIVE

Source: TMG Digital.


  1. Everything about the Tabacco ban seems sketchy & dodgy from the government’s part. Then the back peddling by them after the president stated in his address to the nation the ban was to be lifted. We all know Dlamini-Zuma has her hand in this somehow. Don’t forget this same woman categorically stated that ‘beetroot was the best treatment for HIV. She is useless full stop.

  2. This is a clear indication that Dlamini Zuma is trying by all means to boost her cigarette friends seen posing with her in some functions.Remember if the ban is delayed a lot the illicit trade will boom and she will profit from this long ban. Has anyone asked why Her friends are mum about this simple she is getting a cut from her friends. Vuka South Africa our state is run by corrupt leaders.

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