“We were just wondering what this was,” she said, igniting a roar of laughter in the courtroom.
Breitenbach asked if the device was ticking.
Steyn replied: “That’s the problem, it is ticking.”
Breitenbach’s sense of humour kicked in: “I am tempted to say as long as there is not smoke coming out of it, it’s OK.”
His quip was greeted with more laughter.
Batsa and nine other litigants, including farmers, consumers and processors, sued Dlamini-Zuma, President Cyril Ramaphosa and the national coronavirus command council over the ban on cigarette sales. Dlamini-Zuma and Ramaphosa defended the decision.