Protest against fuel hike planned for Monday

Residents are advised to be aware of another day of slow-moving traffic as the People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increases (PAPPPI) have vowed to bring the entire country to a standstill through a planned protest on Monday.

Last month protestors blocked the N3 highway and other major routes in and around Durban in a bid to highlight the pressure put on motorist since the recent petrol price increases.

READ: IFP want fuel price levies suspended

Speaking to Clement Manyathela, National Convenor at PAPPPI Visvin Reddy says it is important for listeners to understand that when you embark on a protest action, is a final resort.

You explore every other avenue which includes negotiations, meeting with authorities putting up your case. We don't just call protests for the sake of calling protests and to have a headline on the newspapers.

Visvin Reddy, National Convenor at PAPPPI

Responsible leaders will make sure that they would exhaust every possible means of trying to get the matter resolved.

Visvin Reddy, National Convenor at PAPPPI

He says that protests are not a good thing for the country and for those that support the protests.

Remember people that stay away from work end up losing a day's pay. And we are fighting for fuel prices to come down to benefit the poor and as a means to fight poverty in this country.

Visvin Reddy, National Convenor at PAPPPI

He adds that they cancelled the protest last month because the office of the Presidency had agreed to meet with them.

Reddy says while they were having these meetings, fuel prices continued to go up.

We believe that in the next month, there is going to be another massive increase that motorists have to brace themselves for.

Visvin Reddy, National Convenor at PAPPPI

So what we have done, is we have asked that the government, the presidency, in particular, needs to put a moratorium on all future increases while we negotiate with the government around finding a solution in the interest of the majority of South Africans.

Visvin Reddy, National Convenor at PAPPPI

Listen below to the full interview...


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