South Africa’s ban on cigarettes deemed unconstitutional

Three judges have ruled that the ban on cigarette sales during South Africa’s COVID-19 lock-down period was in conflict with South Africa’s constitution. The judges therefore ruled that the government acted beyond its powers when imposing the ban. The ruling was in response to litigation led by British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) against the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the South African president.