The #SmokersUniteSA movement on Wednesday held a nationwide protest against the ban on tobacco products, the loss of sin taxes, job losses in the tobacco industry, as well as the public’s right to decide whether or not to smoke.
Members of this movement want to protest peacefully across the country by slowly driving a particular route in convoy.
The cities where the convoys will drive are Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and Secunda.
“The government is violating our rights. We argue not only against the smoking ban, but against various factors that go with it, such as being denied the right to decide whether or not to smoke, ”says Linda Barnard, organizer of the protest.
#SmokersUniteSA encourages people in other cities and towns to join the demonstration.
“We ask that people wear clothes of all colors, because the issue affects people of all races. But we ask that people wear orange masks.
“If there is no convoy in your area, go to your local mall and protest in peace and quiet. Wear an orange mask to convey our point of view, ”says Barnard.
She says the movement received the necessary documents to hold the demonstration, but it was withdrawn 24 hours before the demonstration. “They say because we’re going to drive in convoys, it doesn’t fit in with the containment regulations.”
Nevertheless, the demonstration will continue.