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Massive Fuel Increase With No Word On Gauteng e-Toll System

By Umamah Bakharia 

South Africans have to get ready for massive fuel price hikes on Wednesday as the petrol levy cut falls from R1.50 a litre to 75c. Petrol prices will be hiked by R2.37 for 93 octanes and R2.57 for 95 octanes a litre, while diesel prices will rise by R2.31.

Speaking to Radio Islam, the Organisation for Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) Wayne Duvenhage says they hoped that Energy and Mineral Resources minister would extend the R1.50 fuel levy.

“That’s the first time they have ever manipulated the fuel price to relief pressure on society so well done to them on that,” says Duvenhage. He adds even though the minister granted a relief, they haven’t kept the fuel reprive going.

 

 

“Our view is this: that they need to look introspectively to tighten the belt of government. There is a lot of waste in government, there is a lot of expenditure perks where we believe the government has lent heavily on the tax payer for a long time now and its a crisis like these that government should be seizing to reduce the cost of government of society,” says Duvenhage.

Due to the fuel increases, taxi fares will also increase by R5. This is the highest taxi fares have gone up in the history of public transport. “We have not built a good public transport system so we are captives to roads,” says Duvenhage.

At the same time, there is still no word on the future of the Gauteng e-toll system, with the possibility of a Gauteng fuel levy to pay for e-tolls having been taken off the table.

“They have been procrastinating and contemplating the various options, we know the last option that they were going to introduce was the increase in the fuel elvy,” says Duvenhage.

He believes that it will be difficult for the government to introduce the e-toll system as South Africans are facing petrol increases.

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