Boots on the ground: behind SA's national lockdown

PODCAST | Is cigarette ban turning citizens into criminals?

Two school friends, aged 11 and 12, are among many who have joined the illicit cigarette trade that has taken off during the lockdown, with schools closed and families struggling to feed themselves.
Two school friends, aged 11 and 12, are among many who have joined the illicit cigarette trade that has taken off during the lockdown, with schools closed and families struggling to feed themselves.
Image: Kimberly Mutandiro / GroundUp

In this episode of Boots on the ground: behind SA's national lockdown, we chat to restaurateurs turned cigarette smugglers. 

In light of the North Gauteng High Court ruling that the lockdown regulations are "unconstitutional and invalid", we ask if certain lockdown regulations are criminalising our society. 

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In this short podcast series, we follow Sunday Times reporter Alex Patrick and senior reporter Graeme Hosken as they track, record and reflect on the real events and people that make up SA’s biggest Covid-19 news stories.

Boots on the ground is a true piece of mobile journalism — all interviews, voices and sound effects have been gathered using nothing but smartphones.

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