Saai represents tobacco farmers in court
5 August 2020
Saai today represented the rights of tobacco farmers in the matter of British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) and nine others against the Minister of COGTA, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and two others in the Western Cape High Court.
The ban on the sale of tobacco products is challenged on two fronts: constitutionally and administratively by BATSA, who represents all applicants from the entire value chain.
“As the representatives of tobacco farmers we contend that Regulation 45 of the Disaster Management Act deprives tobacco farmers of their right to choose a trade, occupation or profession in terms of Section 22 of the Constitution of South Africa,” says Francois Rossouw, CEO of Saai.
The economic damage for tobacco farmers is immense as tobacco farmers have no buyers for their product and it is not feasible to only rely on exports. The estimated loss of excise duty to the fiscus is approximately R35 million per day.