Co-operative governance & traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, may be subject to a contempt of court order after failing to file an answer to the government’s controversial cigarette ban legal challenge.
The minister was asked to to supply an affidavit in response to papers served by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association.
The minister had until the close of business on Wednesday, 3 June to respond, however she failed to meet the deadline.
Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association’s (Fita’s) challenge to the rationality of the tobacco ban, is due to be heard by the high court in Pretoria next week.
Legal battles seem be mounting for minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on Tuesday (2 June), the Gauteng High court declared that the country’s alert level 3 and alert level 4 lockdown regulations are invalid and unconstitutional.
Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was also directed by the court to amend, review, and republish the regulations in consultation with other ministers.