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Latest News On Ban of Cigarettes in South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa Stands Rigid with his decisions

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the South African Heads of Missions conference at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation OR Tambo Building. The Conference under the theme, “A New Dawn: Inclusiveness of South Africa’s foreign policy which aims to promote a better South Africa, Africa and world”, brings together the heads of South Africa’s diplomatic missions abroad to assess national, regional, continental and global trends and dynamics, and to determine a strategy to be implemented in line with South Africa’s foreign policy vision and mission. 23/10/2018 DNS, Katlholo Maifadi

As the country battles to curtain the spread of coronavirus, the South African government led by the President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended his decision on the ban of tobacco in the country.

While addressing the public on Monday, president Ramaphosa painstaked his government decision on the ban of cigrettes in South Africa which he said was concluded after an obvious consideration with the NCC.

On Monday morning, the president set out to dispel rumors of a split political agenda, saying:

“After careful consideration and discussion, the NCCC reconsidered its position on tobacco. As a result, the regulations ratified by Cabinet and announced by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on 29 April extended the prohibition.

This was a collective decision and the public statements by both myself and the minister were done on behalf of, and mandated by, the collective I lead.”

He said that the decision on prohibiting the sell of alcohol and tobacco is in line with the best covid-19 lockdown rules as many country’s observing the same restrictions has already implemented it. he made mention of South American country, Mexico and Hong Kong with Greenland as the lists of countries that have implemented the same ethics in making sure that the spread of covid-19 is controlled to zero level.

Meanwhile  last month. Tax Justice South Africa condemned the announcement of the extension to the cigarette ban saying that “The ill- thought prohibition of cigarettes is impoverishing the nation, enriching criminals and destroying the public faith in the lockdown.”

The African No Tobacco (ATC) group have already flagged off their support to the president on the ban of Cigarettes amid covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, Saying that public health must always remain a top priority.

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