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NDZ swallows bitter tobacco pill

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After fighting tooth and nail for almost five months to keep the ban on sale of tobacco products, Dlamini-Zuma collapsed with barely a whimper.


18 Aug 2020
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NDZ swallows bitter tobacco pill

Minister of Cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Even by the standards of the strange ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic – and the government reaction to it – has unfurled in South Africa, yesterday’s appearance by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had its moments of the bizarre. Firstly, there was no indication in the Government Gazette detailing regulations for Level 2 of lockdown, of what was to become of cigarettes. President Cyril Ramaphosa told the nation on Saturday tobacco products would be permitted to be sold from midnight last night. And even in her turgid reciting of Level 2 restrictions, the minister in charge of lockdown failed to mention...

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