Police minister Bheki Cele says those caught buying or selling cigarettes will be prosecuted and, if found guilty, would have a criminal record.
“It is not just the regulations, not just the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) or Minister of Police (who are saying that buying cigarettes is illegal) it’s a full bench of a senior court in the Republic of SA,” he said.
“So, if people buy or sell cigarettes, that is to commit a crime, so there must be a criminal record.”
“You did it knowing full well that you are not supposed to,” Cele said.
He said that discussions were ongoing with the Department of Justice (DoJ) to establish exactly how punitive measures should be administered.
“It is on that score that the Department of Justice has come to the police to discuss how we look at those offences but there are some who have been found working with organised cartels, transporting cigarettes … those will have to stay with their criminal records, but on petty offences, the Minister of Justice is looking at that,” Cele said.
Source: The South African
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