THE N3 highway was left severely backed-up on Friday from both sides after protesters picketed against the fuel and VAT hikes. Countless members from the trade union Cosatu came together early on Friday morning to voice their distaste at the recent hikes through signs and songs. In what was the highest fuel increase seen by South African motorists in a long time, fuel prices went up by R1 this month resulting in petrol being priced at between R15 and R17. The People Against Petrol Price Increase (Pappi) were also involved in the strike with protesters blocking the traffic entering Durban and King Shaka International Airport for a few hours in the afternoon as well. With no signs of petrol prices decreasing anytime soon, petrol is expected to increase by 80 cents per a litre at the end of this month or early November. Police were on scene to rationalise protesters and KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate, Zinhle Mngomezulu said the traffic was so delayed that people actually began jumping out of their vehicles to walk on the road to see what was happening. “Police were out monitoring the situation and ensured that protesters remained peaceful throughout the proceedings,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane, spokesperson for the police.