Johannesburg – On Monday, Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina started a petition in support of the government’s decision to uphold the ban on cigarette sales.
South Africa has been divided over the issue of the sale of cigarettes with some criticising Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of the National Command Council.
The minister announced last week that the sale of cigarettes was still banned during lockdown. 350,000 people signed a petition calling for the government to lift the ban.
Masina has put his signature down to counter the petition of those who are calling for the ban on the sale of cigarettes. He said he is aiming for one million.
“We have reached 15000 signatures in just a day and a half, we are moving speedily towards 1 million signatures! We will not be bullied by racists and lobby groups. Play your part and sign the petition by visiting: http://t.co/8iwFS2tgFf We will never put profit before the people!” Masina tweeted.
Masina added that those who were lobbying for the lifting of the ban were undermining the government’s work.