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WATCH: Exposing illegal cigarette sales

WATCH: Exposing illegal cigarette sales Vusi.Bafetane Tue, 06/02/2020 - 19:01 Teaser Media Paragraphs A recent survey by the University of Cape Town, revealed more than ninety per cent of smokers continue to light up. Checkpoint goes undercover. Courtesy #DStv403 JOHANNESBURG - Government is saying don t puff and pass during the COVID-19 lockdown, banning the sale of tobacco products but the thriving black market is heating up with illegal cigarette sellers making a killing. A recent survey by the University of Cape Town revealed that more than 90-percent of smokers continue to light up. It’s an open secret where one can get cigarettes during the lockdown in downtown Johannesburg. The Checkpoint team was led to a man selling South African manufactured smokes for nearly double the price. Outside the lockdown, a loose RG cigarette is normally sold at 50 cents, and Courtleigh loose costs R3 but during the lockdown, the latter costs R7. READ: Ramaphosa: I should ve announced the re-banning of cigarettes In Africa’s richest square mile, Sandton, packs are preferred over loose cigarettes. The normal price for a box of RG is R20, however now it s R80. For more on this burning story, tune into Checkpoint on Tuesday at 10pm on eNCA. The show also features an interview with headline-grabbing cigarette manufacturer Adriano Mazzotti who denies ever being friends with cooperative governance minister of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.


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