The second big legal challenge to SA’s Covid-19 ban on cigarette sales — now the only one of its kind in the world — will only be heard on August 4, following an appeal by state lawyers to Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko confirmed on Friday morning that Hlophe had issued directives that British American Tobacco’s (BAT) application to challenge the constitutionality of the cigarette ban should be heard by a full bench of the Western Cape high court on August 4-5 — more than a month after the June 30 hearing date BAT had announced on Thursday...

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