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Tobacco and salon industry suffer yet another blow at the hands of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the National Coronavirus Command.
The minister had previously also suffered some backlash from the alcohol industry after pushing back the ban on alcohol sale to an extend that court papers were served to force the minister and National Command team to lift the ban.
Although the lifting was lifted on alcohol sale, tobacco and hair salons are yet to be lifted under level 3 lockdown which is set to start on June 1.
The National Command Team said that the reason for banning of cigarettes sale during the lockdown was the fear that the products would lead to high transmissions of the Covid-19.
Dlamini-Zuma said people are more likely to share cigarettes, hookah pipes, zol, lighters, and matchboxes in poor communities as it is often a norm to share.