Protestors call for fuel price relief

2018-08-22 06:01
Pietermaritzburg residents picket against the fuel increases on Langalibalele Street last Friday. PHOTO: sourced

Pietermaritzburg residents picket against the fuel increases on Langalibalele Street last Friday. PHOTO: sourced

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SCORES of protestors picketed on Langalibalele Street on Friday, August 17, in support of the Fuel Must Fall (FMF) movement.

During the protest, a memorandum was handed to KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu highlighting their queries and demands relating to the fuel hikes experienced this year.

Among demands is the call for a relief package which the movement is asking for in relation to the fuel price.

The group threatened major protest action across South Africa should their demands not be met. The memorandum states that the FMF will plan and implement blockades on national highways, even going so far as stating that they would include major airports in this blockade, should their demands not be met.

Addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene and Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe, the memorandum suggests that money be raised to lower the fuel price through “personal liability insurance” that individual road users can take in lieu of the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

Paul Jenkins, who founded the Fuel Must Fall campaign, said that he was informed by the premier’s office that a letter would be drafted to send to the structures involved.

“It was disappointing not to be joined by our members from Durban. Next Friday we will have protestors in Limpopo, Cape Town and Gauteng.

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