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Ban about zealot’s passion, not logic

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Thieves and looters can at least be locked up. But an ideological zealot and her oversize ego is a far more dangerous proposition.


07 Aug 2020
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Ban about zealot’s passion, not logic

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: EPA

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is conducting a “Stalingrad” legal defence of her cigarette ban in the same way her former husband, Jacob Zuma, is fighting his corruption charges. In his case, he is clearly trying to keep himself out of jail. However, it is less obvious what the motives of the minister are. In actions costing taxpayers millions, Dlamini-Zuma is in court trying to defend what is the least defensible part of the entire lockdown regulations. It has already been shown, clearly, that while cigarettes and tobacco products do have negative impacts on health, they neither...

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