Do not wait — raise tobacco ban now, Tax Justice SA tells Ramaphosa

Abramjee mentioned Ramaphosa mustn’t have to attend for the courtroom verdict to raise the ban on the sale of tobacco, “as patently the ban is so unsuitable and is doing a lot hurt”.

“He ought to do the suitable factor and raise this failed prohibition instantly,” he mentioned.

“The courtroom heard at present [Thursday] that the minister [Dlamini-Zuma] is aware of ‘full properly’ that the ban is enriching criminals, however she is glad for this travesty to proceed.”

Abramjee mentioned the ban was inflicting “untold distress for tens of millions, robbing the fiscus of R35m every day and destroying 1000’s of jobs”.

“This week the president promised to crack down on officers who break the legislation to revenue from the pandemic. Now ministers are searching for to bend the legislation and delay justice to indulge their very own agendas,” he mentioned.

“He ought to name an finish to this failed experiment, raise the ban and attempt to restore some religion within the leaders who are supposed to information South Africans by means of this disaster.”