Fuel price protest halts highway traffic

2018-07-25 06:01
PHOTO: Ian CarbuttTrucks blocking the N3 on New England Road.

PHOTO: Ian CarbuttTrucks blocking the N3 on New England Road.

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PIETERMARITZBURG morning traffic was a nightmare yesterday (Wednesday) following a fuel strike implemented by drivers who demanded that the fuel price be decreased.

Main roads, which included the N3 Highway from Liberty Midlands Mall and New England Road, Church Street and Townhill were blocked by trucks parking on the road.
The protest comes after the fuel price has seen five increases this year, with more increases expected going into August — this according to the Automobile Association (AA) who was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

The association said the current data suggests an upcoming price increase of 19 cents a litre for petrol, 13 cents for diesel, and 22 cents for illuminating paraffin.

Paul Jenkins of National Movement said that, at present, the strike is only happening in Pietermaritzburg but that this is just the beginning.

“We submitted the memorandum at the office of the Premier three weeks ago with our grievances, demanding that the petrol price go down. Since we submitted the memorandum, nothing has happened.

“If the office of the government does not want to come to the party, there is still more action that will follow. We need more people to join in fighting this problem because it is affecting all of us. We have a Facebook page and Whatsapp group where people can join,” he said.

To join the group go to the Facebook page Fuelmustfall or join the Whatsapp group at 076 648 2353.

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