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A customer found that smoking can be dangerous when he was shot during an argument over whether he could smoke in a grocery store.

Mom kills son for smoking
July 29 2011
By Mandilakhe Tshwete
A nine-year-old boy died after his mom allegedly set him alight when she caught him smoking.
The Delft-South boy, Aphelele Nomavayi, was with his older brother Mnikeli, 13, when the incident happened last month.
Aphelele was in Red Cross Children’s hospital for almost a month and then passed away last week.
The 36-year-old woman Noluthando Nomavayi, found the two boys with entjies and became angry.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk says: “She took her two boys to the back of the yard and doused them with paraffin and set them alight.
“She is the owner of the tuck shop and she is selling paraffin in litre bottles. The 13-year-old managed to escape, but Aphelele sustained 90 percent burns to his body.
“Aphelele was taken to Red Cross Hospital and he passed away on July 18 at 9am.”
A neighbour who wishes to remain anonymous says: “I never thought Noluthando could be that evil.
“We always thought she was a nice person who loved her children.
“She tried to burn both of her children. What if Mnikeli also died? She’d be left with no kids.”
Noluthando is at Pollsmoor waiting for psychiatric evaluation at Valkenberg.

Nigeria: Smoking – Top Officials Defy Govt Order
Leadership (Abuja)
3 June 2008
Golu Timothy
Barely 48-hour after the ban on smoking in the Federal Capital Territory takes effect, some top government functionaries are yet to comply with the order.
Our correspondent who went round the capital city yesterday observed that the most his areas were the two federal secretariats located at the central district area and Area 1.
A permanent secretary and some directors (name withheld) sent their drivers to buy cigarettes fro them from a vendor near they were accosted by our correspondent.
Attempts to remind them of the ban were rebuffed as they pointedly said, “our oga is too used to cigarette that it is not possible to quit smoking.”
On why the man cannot wait until he returns home, the driver laughed, “you are joking. This man takes about 3 packets daily during office hours and he is so used to it that he cannot cope without it. No smoking, no work for him,” he added.
We also observed that a vendor who sells cigarettes were going about freely with their business, saying they are waiting to see if it is true that smoking has been banned.
The FCT administration under Minister Aliyu Umar Modibbo, had adopted to enforce the ban on smoking with effect from 1st June, with some penalties for defaulters.
Launching the ban last Saturday, Modibbo said the first schedule specifies prohibition of smoking in cinema, theatre halls, stadium, offices, public transportation, parks and gardens, lifts, medical establishments and schools among other places.
Relying on the Tobacco Control Act of 1990, the law states that, “no person shall as from the commencement of this act, smoke tobacco in the places specified in the first schedule.”
The act provides that, “any person who smokes contrary to the provisions of this act shall be guilty of an offence under this act and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than N200 and not exceeding N1000 or to imprisonment to a term of not less than one month and not exceeding two years or to both such fine and imprisonment.
According to Modibbo, “the enforcement of the act in Abuja is borne out of concern fro the health and safety of residents and visitors.
Countries like the USA, UK, Kenya among many others have since banned smoking in their domains.
The health implications of smoking are many, which include cancer of the lungs, pancreas, stomach and bladder, heart diseases, asthma and other respiratory ailments.

Man shot for smoking in shop

September 25 2007

A customer found that smoking can be dangerous when he was shot during an argument over whether he could smoke in a grocery store.

Joburg metro police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the man walked into a Joubert Park grocery shop at the corner of Bree and Twist streets around midday on Saturday. He was smoking a cigarette.

“There was a squabble over smoking of cigarettes in the shop.

“One of the security guards shot the customer in the leg,” Minnaar said.

He was not seriously injured.

On Sunday, the annoyed customer told the police that the man who shot him was still working at the grocery shop.

Police arrested three security guards at the shop and seized three guns – a .38 Special and a 9mm Norinco, both unlicensed, and a licensed 9mm gun.

One man faces charges of attempted murder.

“What is good is that we have recovered two illegal firearms,” Minnaar said.

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