Lockdown be damned! If you’re in rehab, you can have a fag

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Lockdown be damned! If you’re in rehab, you can have a fag

The Gauteng health department authorised the sale of cigarettes to addicts in lockdown, the high court has heard

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The Gauteng health department shipped a consignment of cigarettes to a rehabilitation centre in the midst of the smoking ban, the high court in Cape Town heard on Wednesday.

A recovering drug addict’s statement was also read out in court, in a bid to illustrate the “unjustifiable and unlawful” ban.

British American Tobacco SA (Batsa) and nine other litigants, including farmers, processors and consumers, have taken on co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Cyril Ramaphosa and the national coronavirus command council (NCCC)...

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