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Has the ban on the sale of cigarettes during South Africa’s 21-day lockdown been reversed?

On 2 April, the government of the Western Cape province said it would allow the sale of cigarettes during lockdown, provided that these are bought along with food.

Premier Alan Winde said this was how the province interpreted the national government’s regulations.

However, during a media briefing later on the same day, police minister Bheki Cele said cigarettes would not be sold countrywide. “That includes Western Cape.”

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