The Gauteng High Court has dismissed the case brought by fair trade association Fita to try and lift the ban on the sale of cigarettes in the country.
Fita had taken the government to court, challenging the ongoing ban on tobacco and related products. The government had opposed the court application relying largely on the negative health implications of smoking.
The three judges hearing the case said in their judgment, dated June 26: “Many products and services were prohibited during the lockdown in so far as they were defined as non-essential.
Meanwhile government argued that the ban was in place to protect the health of South African citizens and would encourage addicts to quit.