The ban and its potential extension beyond lockdown Alert Level 4 – possibly until Level 1, which could be until the end of the year – has been relentlessly advanced by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, a rabid anti-smoker whose 2017 campaign for the presidency was allegedly partly funded by illicit tobacco kingpin Adriano Mazzotti. Mazzotti’s backing of the ANC is no secret. Neither is his support for the Economic Freedom Fighters, who have remained uncharacteristically mute on the nicotine ban.

This is Aden’s view around the ban, have a listen to the interview here: