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Fuel price protests in SA: More than 16 000 motorists say they support protest action in a bid to reduce record-high petrol price

2018-07-31 18:00

Janine Van der Post

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Earlier in July, Wheels24 reported that the petrol price is set to increase yet again at the end of the month.

On Tuesday (July 31), DA leader Mmusi Maimane and Ben Theron of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) said they were preparing for a mass fuel protest in Pretoria.

According to News24, Maimane said the recent continuous fuel price increases were bringing ordinary South Africans to their knees.

He said: "2018 will be remembered as the year in which the ANC government declared war on poor South Africans through relentless tax increases."

News24 reported that a 20% reduction in the fuel levy and the tabling of an urgent debate in Parliament regarding the structure of the Road Accident Fund (RAF) are some of Maimane's demands.

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Readers respond

Wheels24 asked readers whether they would support fuel price protests in South Africa and more than 13 000 said if, given the opportunity, they would back protest action.

Fuel price outlook for August

However, better exchange rate performance and retreats in international oil prices will mean virtually unchanged fuel prices in August, reports the AA. 

The AA said: "During July, the recent weakening trend of the Rand against the US dollar slowed. As a result, petrol is expected to increase by around two cents a litre, and illuminating paraffin by four cents a litre.

"On the plus side, diesel will be cheaper by approximately four cents a litre. After several successive fuel price increases, motorists and other fuel users are due a breather, and the general stability of the fuel price during July will come as a relief to many."


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