Cape Town - A group calling itself People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increases (Papppi) is planning a march through Cape Town on Monday, in a bid to get the government to reduce soaring fuel prices.
"The organisation which has been at the forefront of campaigning for petrol, diesel and Parafin PRICES to drop, has called in South Africans to heed its call for a NATIONAL day of protests on Monday, 13 August August 2018," the group said in a statement.
"Our fuel costs more today than ever before and we are glad that the majority of South Africans are supporting our calls to reduce prices. High fuel prices affect all of us, the poor in particular, through increases in food and transport costs. Our wages and salaries are not going up and life will become unbearable for many people," Papppi national convenor Visvin Reddy said.
"STATSA has released a report which indicates that over 55% of South Africans live below the poverty line. It is simply incomprehensible that our government would increase the cost of fuel without considering options that will bring fuel costs down.
"As PAPPPI, we were the first to highlight the fact that 38% in fuel costs go to fuel taxes and levies. We pay R1.93 per litre towards the Road Accident Fund, which is riddled with corruption and mismanagement. The fund is under investigation by the Hawks and the entire board of the RAF was removed," Reddy said.