Fita granted leave to appeal dismissal of cigarette ban


Tebogo Msimanga

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has granted the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) leave to appeal the dismissal of its challenge of the ban on cigarette sales. The group is arguing that tobacco should be declared an essential item.

Fita approached the SCA after the High Court in Pretoria dismissed its bid to appeal an earlier ruling that upheld the ban.

Sales of tobacco products have been banned since the start of the lockdown in March. As a result, Fita and government have been locked in a legal battle.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *