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Ramaphosa Says He Should've Announced Extended Cigarette Ban

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During a meeting with the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef), Cyril Ramaphosa admitted that he, instead of Minister Dlamini-Zuma, should have been the one to say the cigarette ban will no longer be lifted as citizens question Ramaphosa's leadership.

President Cyril Ramaphosa admitted that he, instead of Minister Dlamini-Zuma, should have been the one to say the cigarette ban will no longer be lifted as citizens question Ramaphosa's leadership during a meeting with the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef).

He also said that he should have made the announcement as well as the reasons behind it. 

On 23 April, Ramaphosa announced that the cigarette ban will be lifted in April. However, six days later, Dlamini-Zuma announced that the cigarette ban would stay in place. This angered many South Africans and posed many questions to those in charge. 

Ramaphosa also said, "I said police and soldiers should not be going out there among our people as if we are confronting the enemy. We are not enforcing something that is enforced during a wartime where there are bombs blasting all over. It is a process of encouraging our people to act in a way that is going to save lives."

Health advisors advised against the lifting of the cigarette ban and these consultations and that which was discussed is what pushed the decision to have the cigarette ban stay in place, said the President.

 

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