Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is still battling to ensure she can reintroduce the cigarette ban herself – rather than relying on the approval of others first.
Forcing smokers to buy illegally during the tobacco ban has normalised the act of selling and buying illicit brands for both retailers and consumers, costing the fiscus some R8 billion a year, a new report states.
Just as smokers thought the struggle was over, tobacco sales may be under threat again. FITA say the potential for another cigarette ban is now ‘worrisome’.
This again? It’s reported that senior figures in Cabinet will appeal the outlawing of the unpopular cigarette ban, causing concern for millions of smokers.
As illegal cigarettes continue to pour into South Africa, we’re looking at the brands that boomed during our ill-fated tobacco ban.
If the government’s new Tobacco Control Bill gets the go-ahead, a ‘public cigarette ban’ would seriously limit where smokers can light-up.
Data from South Africa’s Treasury show the government lost R9.5 billion in alcohol and tobacco taxes in the first four months of the fiscal year.
The five-month prohibition on cigarette sales may have a very serious knock-on effect – but FITA isn’t too worried about the immediate future.
Fighting the cigarette ban has been an exhaustive battle for FITA – but the tobacco giants are now ready to agree a settlement with the government.
Minister Dlamini-Zuma says it is ‘full speed ahead’ for the tobacco industry at Level 2, but said that lifting the cigarette ban comes with a major caveat.
It’s been a long, hard fight for the smokers of South Africa: But Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed the cigarette ban will end, and we’re moving to lockdown Level 2.
Fita has been handed a boost in its legal bid against the cigarette ban, with the Supreme Court granting it leave to appeal the high court decision.
The likes of BATSA and FITA – who have been fighting to overturn the cigarette ban – stand accused of profiting from the black market.
The cigarette ban and prohibition of alcohol both seem to have run their course – they could be lifted even before the country moves to lockdown Level 2.
With a verdict expected soon, Fita have gone for the Hail Mary. The courts are now being pressed to rule on Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s ‘executive overreach’.
FITA will submit their responding affidavits to the court on Tuesday – as pressure to overturn the cigarette ban increases further.
After battling with BATSA over the cigarette ban, the government is now fighting with FITA – here’s why they have been given a deadline to meet on Friday.
A final judgement on whether the cigarette ban will be lifted at BATSA’s request has been reserved – smokers now face another agonising wait.
An interesting defence? Lawyers representing the government say that Minister Dlamini-Zuma was aware of how the cigarette ban would benefit illegal traders.
Another day, another contradiction in the cigarette ban surfaces: Here’s why a rehab centre in Johannesburg was allowed to purchase tobacco.
Sparks flew in the Western Cape High Court today, as the cigarette ban was fiercely debated – and Dlamini-Zuma’s lawyer was forced into a candid admission.
British American Tobacco (BATSA) lawyers have hit the ground running on Wednesday, as they aim to stub-out Minister Dlamini-Zuma and the cigarette ban.
It has taken three attempts, but FITA have finally had a court decision go their way. But what does this change mean for the cigarette ban?
There’s going to be some drama in the Western Cape High Court this week: BATSA remain confident that they can overturn the cigarette ban.
British American Tobacco are certain they can get the cigarette ban overturned next week – here’s how they plan to defeat Dlamini-Zuma in court.