Govt’s cigarette wars: Estimated fees for advocates will be R7.5 million

The ongoing court battles over the lockdown tobacco ban could cost taxpayers R7.5 million in legal fees, should Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) succeed in their appeal bid. The High Court in Pretoria is expected to give judgment this week on whether Fita will be granted leave to appeal the ruling which stood by government’s tobacco ban. Fita’s court bid to have the tobacco ban lifted was dismissed with costs for three counsel last month. The association wants to appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court of Appeals. The estimated legal bill could be R7.5 million. Cost consultant at…

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