Minister Cele smoking his socks on cigarette ban, says DA

Police Minister Bheki Cele. GCIS

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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