Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is allegedly pushing for the ban on cigarettes and alcohol to remain until the country reaches alert level 1.
News24 reported that Minister Dlamini-Zuma told the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) that it is too early and risky to allow the sale of cigarettes and alcohol when the country downgrades to level 3 lockdown.
Minister Dhlamini-Zuma is said to have presented academic papers that highlight the health risks associated with the sale of tobacco and alcohol during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A close source to News24 told the publication that Dhlamini-Zuma’s stance on the cigarette and alcohol ban received backing from Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
On Monday, Minister Dhlamini-Zuma failed to participate in a virtual parliamentary meeting, she had to be excused as she was busy working on level 3 lockdown rules for the country.
In recent weeks President Ramaphosa had to come out and clarify that decisions made by the NCCC were collective decisions.
This after government’s decision to backtrack on the lifting of the cigarette ban after previously announcing that the ban would be lifted under Level 4 lockdown.
Ramaphosa has refuted claims that some of his ministers where defying him when it comes to Covid-19 regulations.