Smoke and mirrors: 4 minutes - that's how long it took to find banned cigarettes during lockdown

CATEGORY: Media and COVID19
DATE: 11 May 2020
AUTHOR: Daily Sun

Four minutes and 28 seconds. That is how long it took a News24 reporter to find cigarettes – meant to be banned under Level 4 lockdown regulations – which were available for purchase at one of many places in South Africa.

Recent research by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), conducted in April, said “a quarter of people in informal settlements were able to buy cigarettes”.

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