Rorisang Kgosana
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23 Jul 2020
12:48 pm

NDZ’s tobacco battle could cost tax payers more than R7m in legal fees

Rorisang Kgosana

Going by the average rate of R6,500 per hour, just the cost of reading government's submission on which they based their tobacco ban could cost taxpayers an estimated R2.8 million, before even setting foot in court.

Raising taxes will only further fuel the illicit cigarette trade, argues Fita. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The ongoing court battles between government and tobacco manufacturers could cost taxpayers more than R7 million in legal fees should the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) succeed in their appeal bid. The High Court in Pretoria is expected to give judgment this week on whether Fita’s leave to appeal, to oppose the previous ruling which stood by government's tobacco ban, will be granted. Fita’s bid to have the tobacco ban lifted was dismissed with the cost of three counsel last month, and the association hopes to appeal that ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeal. Should they be successful, and...