Enough is enough, no more!

2009-10-23 11:50

WHAT is it that we consumers have done wrong to be treated so badly in our beautiful country?

Firstly, we had price-fixing by various companies in various sectors. Secondly, it was found that the banking sector has milked us dry through exorbitant bank charges.

Now cellphone companies are refusing to accede to the request by a parliamentary communications committee to cut rates, especially interconnection charges. They also refuse to reveal the way in which they calculate and ultimately arrive at their rates, claiming that it is complicated just as the banking sector did.

The recent developments and utterances by Eskom cannot go unchallenged. Their recent indication that they want to increase the price of electricity by 45% each year for the next three years is preposterous.

These developments calls for us as South African consumers to stand up and say “enough is enough”.

The trend by these companies is indicative of the excessive capitalist practices in our country.

It is also an indictment on our part as consumers. The fact that there was not enough of an outcry from consumers across the country, led these companies to think they can do as they like, while we watch.

The fines slapped on these price-fixing perpetrators by the competition commission in the past is not enough of a deterrent.

In the case of Eskom, the National Energy Regulator of SA has also proved to be toothless.

Do we as consumers have to suffer because some individuals have to make huge profits and line their pockets? The executives at Eskom are earning so much that the only thing that they are after is profit.

How is the majority of the population – unemployed as we are and living in squalor and abject poverty – expected to afford these price hikes.

It is time that we as consumers stand up and mobilise in each of our communities across the country. Every one of us should join in the campaign against these hikes.

We are sick and tired of all these companies taking advantage of us.
Xolile Mpendukane

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