It was reported that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has told the National Coronavirus Command Council that the sale of tobacco and alcohol should continue to be banned until the country reaches Level 1 of the lockdown.

“The discussion goes on and on and there is no finality.”- according to the sources.

If the discussion take the final vote that cigarettes and alcohol ban continues till level 1, what will happen to those who depend on the sell of alcohol and cigarette to pay their bills, put food on the table and a roof on their heads since they don’t qualify for any relief fund?

In the past days the decision to reopen schools was taken? And yes they will be going back to school, but does this mean the lives of the children doesn’t matter or what? It seems like the Minister is more obsessed with tobacco and liquor not people’s lives.

Criminals are selling illegal cigarettes at hugely inflated prices and “feeding an illicit market that will be increasingly difficult to eradicate, even when the lockdown and the Covid-19 crisis is over.

Zimbabwe-based operation whose brands, including Sharp, RG and Savanah, account for one third of the illegal sales.This means the cigarette ban has helped them increase their stake in the trade four-fold and that is bad news to South African tobacco farmers.

By: Monti Montsha