EDITORIAL | Ramaphosa hamstrung as cabinet hacks virus message

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EDITORIAL | Ramaphosa hamstrung as cabinet hacks virus message

The goodwill of the people is fast being eroded by ministers who undo all the positive momentum

Editorial

March 25 was the last day South Africans could, legally, buy cigarettes. The next day, the full lockdown was instituted. That was 60 days ago.

So when police minister Bheki Cele said on Friday (https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2020-05-22-r26m-in-illegal-cigarettes-or-alcohol-seized-on-sas-borders-since-start-of-lockdown-cele/) that South Africans would have to produce receipts for personal cigarettes if stopped by the police, even if smoking in a personal vehicle, it was nothing short of farcical. It sounded made up. But it was not.

Combining the thorny issues of alcohol and cigarettes, this is what he said in response to a question from a journalist: “Alcohol is very clear, you go and read your regulations. Regulations say there shall be no transportation of alcohol ... Whether it’s in your basket, whether it’s in your pocket, so long as you create some form of transport, you shall not be allowed...

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