Fuel, which cost an already exorbitant R14.12 per liter when Ramaphosa took office in February this year, now costs in excess of R16 per litre. This means that we now pay R100 more to refuel a 50l fuel tank. This burden of fuel price increases is in turn largely placed on the poor black majority via the linked increase in food prices and rising transport costs. Blacks expend a significantly high proportion of their income on transport and food costs.
Black First Land First (BLF) calls for a significant reduction of fuel prices. This includes the levy on general fuel as well as the Road Accident Fund (RAF) levy which together constitute 33% of the fuel price and account for R5.30 of every litre of petrol. In this regard BLF supports the nationwide protests against fuel hikes led by the People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increases (PAPPPI) which are scheduled for Monday,13 August 2018.
We note that the African National Congress (ANC) and opposition political parties have not registered any meaningful outrage at this massive attack on our people via fuel hikes. We are also appalled, but not surprised, by the Ramaphosa government’s reluctance to amicably resolve this problem that has been brought to its attention by PAPPPI.
BLF supports the call by PAPPPI that government must do the following:
1. place an immediate moratorium on fuel hikes
2. nationalize SASOL
3. reduce the price of fuel to R8 per liter
4. taxis and busses must be granted a reduction of fuel to R5 per liter
BLF shall on its part do all that is necessary to facilitate a resolution of the crisis created by the fuel hikes because fuel prices are killing our people!
We call on all, including Individuals; progressive political organizations; religious and traditional bodies; taxi associations; and civil society organizations; to unite against fuel price increases and let your voices be heard.
Join the PAPPPI protests. Its the right thing to do!
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
12 August 2018
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