BASTA Take On Dlamini-Zuma in High Court over Cigarette Ban
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The British American Tobacco South African (BASTA) is taking the Minister of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, head on to court over the decision of banning tobacco sales during the pandemic lockdown. The company has currently just filed legal papers to the High Courts in attempt to have the restriction of tobacco sales reversed and its case is set to be heard the following week. BASTA's main objective is the argument of government not actually having rational and factual evidence in holding back these cigarettes sales. BASTA's affidavit statement on the argues the fact that Dlamini-Zuma "*Fails to make a convincing legal argument that cigarette ban was legally necessary, *Failed to make a legitimate health argument to prove that smoking increases the chances of contracting Covid-19 OR that smokers would be worse-off if they did contract the virus and, also,* Failed to prove the ban stopped the purchase of cigarettes". Ironically, BASTA also points out the fact that the Minister was able to admit that an approximate 21 Billion cigarette sales are possibly to happen illegally, thus affecting the rand in dropping, hence it means that there won't be any tax due to government. Nonetheless, the parties are set to face off on the 30th of June, next week Tuesday, at the division of High Courts in the Western Cape.