According to Minister Bheki Cele, those caught buying or selling cigarettes will receive a criminal record.
During Tuesday’s question and answer session, Minister Cele was asked if it’s fair for individuals buying cigarettes to receive a criminal record. The minister responded by saying “the courts have confirmed that you cannot buy a cigarette, it is illegal.
According to Cele “It is not just the regulations, not just the minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, or minister of police, it’s a full bench of a senior court in the Republic of SA. So, if people buy or sell cigarettes, that is to commit a crime, so there must be a criminal record. You did it knowing full well that you are not supposed to,”.
South Africans are left without answers when it comes to the ban being lifted on tobacco products.
Last week FIta has lost its case. The application to have the cigarette ban lifted was dismissed by the Gauteng North High Court.
Batsa’s case against the state was initially heard on last week Monday, but it was postponed by a week due to a scheduling conflict. However, this will now only be heard on 5 and 6 August.