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'South Africa is slipping into dictatorship' - CT smokers protest outside Parly

2 June 2020 4:04 PM
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A group of smokers gathered at the gates of Parliament to protest against the ban on cigarette sales on Tuesday afternoon.

Dozens of smokers gathered outside the gates of Parliament in Cape Town, as part of a nationwide protest.

Smokers have been campaigning for the right to buy cigarettes since the start of the lockdown at the end of March.

A Facebook group calling for the lifting of the tobacco ban has coordinated the protest action across various cities.

RELATED: Fed-up smokers plan nationwide protest against govt's ongoing tobacco ban

Protesters are calling on the government to allow them to purchase tobacco products after nine weeks of prohibition.

"It's unconstitutional. It's my right to smoke", one protestor told EWN outside Parliament in Cape Town.

EWN reporter Kaylynn Palm was on the scene at Plein Street around midday. This is what she witnessed.

Meanwhile, protesters at Union Buildings in Pretoria were told by police to disperse by the police because protests are not permitted during the lockdown.


2 June 2020 4:04 PM
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