group of about one hundred people are marching in the Durban CBD on Monday over
recent fuel price hikes.
march, led by People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increases (Papppi),
started at the King Dinuzulu Park and is headed to the Durban City Hall where
participants are expected to hand over their memorandum of grievances to Mayor
Zandile Gumede. Gumede would accept the memorandum on behalf of the energy
to News24 from the park ahead of the march, Papppi's Visvin Reddy said the
organisation wanted President Cyril Ramaphosa "to issue a moratorium on
all future interests in petrol prices".
said the fuel increases did not only affect motorists but all South Africans,
especially the poor.
month our fuel prices reached an all-time high. Never in the history of the
country have we been paying so much for fuel. Look at the impact of fuel price
hikes, last week bread prices increased by 50c a loaf, our public transport has
also gone up," Reddy said.
said even unemployed people could no longer afford taxi fare to travel to look
prices are also unaffordable now, Reddy said.
countries paying less
have solutions. Government must nationalise Sasol. It needs to come back to the
ownership of the government. Why should we pay an arm and a leg to bring crude
oil from overseas when we have coal that we can make fuel from in our
country?" said Reddy.
said it was unfair that neighbouring countries paid less for fuel they imported
from South Africa.
crude oil prices have come down considerably internationally, but we are still
paying too much for petrol. This is not fair, it must end today," he said.
challenged political parties to make sure that fuel prices go down.
should make it part of their manifesto. If they don't do that they are heading
for trouble as all South Africans are gatvol about these fuel price increases.
Enough is enough," he said.
reiterated that the recent fuel price increases needed to be challenged, even
should also be taken up on the street and in every avenue that is available to
make sure that we bring the fuel prices down," said Reddy.