Anger over latest fuel price hike

2012-05-01 23:03
Johannesburg - Motorists queued to fill up their cars on Tuesday evening, ahead of the 28 cent fuel increase.

“Basically I think it will affect the masses because every time we have such increases in petrol, we don’t have corresponding increases in our salaries," attorney Felix Majoni said while filling up his car at a Rivonia petrol station.

A minibus taxi driver predicted the fuel price would rise to R15 a litre by September.

Another motorist, Kenneth Bulaven, said it was something South Africans had to live with.

“I suppose it’s everywhere in the world, right? Where I come from in Belgium it's already towards R20 right now, so it’s almost double."

The African People's Convention called the rise robbery without violence.

"Many South Africans are already struggling with high electricity and food prices and the ever increasing petrol price," spokesperson Patrick Sindane said.

He said South Africans were already paying too much tax and if the e-tolls were implemented they would also have to foot that bill.

"We need a government that will create jobs, build more schools and university, ensure that poverty is eradicated and not the one that always invents new ways of sucking our blood."

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