BATSA says legal clarity is still needed on tobacco sale ban

Johannesburg – As the country enters lockdown level 2 allowing the sale of tobacco products, British America Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) said legal clarity was needed on its sales ban.

The organisation is among other industry bodies that lodged court action against the decision made by government to prohibit the sale of tobacco products four months ago.

BATSA said it expected a ruling from the Western Cape High Court in the upcoming week on its challenge over the legality of the government’s decision to suspend tobacco sales.

On Monday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma affirmed that tobacco and alcohol sales, the opening of nature reserves and interprovincial travelling were some of the relaxations of regulations under level two.

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