SA enters Level 3 of the lockdown

Cleaners perform disinfection tasks on a car from a driving school in Cape Town.

Cleaners perform disinfection tasks on a car from a driving school in Cape Town.

Reuters/Ayanda Ndamane

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa is preparing to reopen its economy on Monday as it moves into Level 3 of a five-tier lockdown, in force since 27 March.

Under Level 3, all but high-risk sectors of the economy will be allowed to reopen, as will places of worship.

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Liquor sales will resume, but for home consumption only.

But an ongoing ban on cigarette sales remains a thorny issue with social workers and tobacco companies up in arms as an illicit cigarette market blossoms.

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British American Tobacco South Africa on Friday launched legal proceedings to challenge the government's ban.

According to BATSA, the South African treasury is losing R35-million in excise taxes per day as a result.

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The Democratic Alliance has welcomed the move but said it came "too late for millions of South Africans who have already paid heavily for (the) government's dithering".

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema opposed the easing of lockdown and said President Cyril Ramaphosa had effectively resigned as "the captain of the ship".

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South Africa has recorded nearly 32,683 coronavirus cases so far, including 683 deaths.

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AFP