President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government stands by its decision to ban cigarettes sale despite being taken to court to lift cigarette ban.
British American Tobacco is among cigarette trading companies that want the country’s court to lift the ban on cigarettes.
The court challenge, started by Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) on Monday, debated that the president and Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs acted wrongfully in announcing that tobacco products are still banned due to restrictions.
Ramaphosa said that the government was not backing down with its decision, saying that it’s been based on the concerns of many citizens.
Ramaphosa said the government stood its ground about its decision.
“There’s nothing wrong whatsoever with any one of us changing their mind.”