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Minister Cele smoking his socks on cigarette ban, says DA

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Democratic Alliance (DA) has described Police Minister, Bheki Cele’s response to journalists as irrational comment that anyone found smoking in public must produce a receipt to prove when and where they bought their cigarettes.

DA Shadow Minister of Police, Andrew Whitfield said Minister must publicly retract his comments and apologize to the nation.

“It is not illegal to smoke cigarettes in your house. The only problem is when you cannot show us when and where you got the cigarettes. Buying cigarettes and the sale is illegal. Until we remove those regulations, it will remain an offence to do such,” Cele was quoted as saying during a media briefing on Friday.

Whitefield challenged Cele that there is no regulation making provision  compelling any person to provide proof of purchase for their cigarettes, saying he must publicly retract his comments and apologize to the nation

“These latest comments join an extensive list of irrational and petty Ministerial edicts which cause confusion in public and among the police officers deployed to enforce the regulations,” added Whitefield.

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