No postponement of tobacco challenge

File: The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association has taken government to court over the prohibition of cigarette sales.

File: The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association has taken government to court over the prohibition of cigarette sales.

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JOHANNESBURG - Government isn't being given more time to prepare its defence of the tobacco sales ban.

Its second attempt at a postponement has been dismissed.

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The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association has taken government to court over the prohibition of cigarette sales.

Government says a postponement should be granted because the country has now moved to Level 3.

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But Judge President Dustan Mlambo says both parties agreed the matter would be heard in early June.

If government still feels the need to apply for a postponement, it should do so in accordance with the rules of the court.

The case is due in court next week.

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