A basic study identifies international and national reasons. Locals have limited control over the global factors because South Africa lacks ethical credibility after the presidency of Jacob Zuma.
We have lost our moral high ground as we climb higher up the corruption index. In a nutshell, those who decide on oil prices do not consider our opinion as important.
On the national front, the major culprit is taxation, which feeds the Road Accident Fund (RAF) which is ironically also innocent, and only seeks to fairly compensate the injuries caused by road incidents.
The actual causes of local petrol increases are those responsible for road incidents and death, and the inability of our judicial system to correct a failing situation that requires firm and deliberate action.
For example, last year about 15000 people were killed in road incidents, and in the last 10 years alone, about 134000 died. This is nearly as high as our murder rate of 20000 per year.
This road death stat does not include the millions of injured who claim from the RAF for unlimited medical care, etc. People must know that our petrol increase is directly connected to the number of deaths and injured as the RAF must pay families for loss of future income, hospitalisation, etc.
Ironically, on the flip side, those who are intoxicated and cause much of the road chaos, in most instances walk away uncharged. Thus innocent drivers pay the monetary cost of the intoxicated driver.
Sadly, many road victims result from stupidity. Locals continue to struggle crossing a road. Some consider that, when listening to music or engaging in social media on gadgets when crossing a road, they are immune and can miraculously repel cars from driving into them.
One day, like the rest of the world, when we learn to walk on pavements and cross the road as required, the price of petrol may not increase as much, as the revenue tax to the RAF is decreased.
* Cllr Yagyah Adams, Cape Muslim Congress.
** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Media.