Tobacco companies sue South African government for infringing on citizens’ rights

The South African government is being taken to court by Japan Tobacco International (JTI), British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) and the South Africa Tobacco Transformation Alliance (SATTA). The tobacco companies claim that the government’s ban on alcohol and tobacco sales, imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, was unfair and infringed on citizens’ rights. They also argue that the restrictions will result in reduced tax revenues and increased illicit tobacco trade.