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DA & OUTA to lead fuel hike march to National Treasury

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The Democratic Alliance and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse are expected to take to the streets of Pretoria on Tuesday, to protest the recent fuel increases.

As yet another fuel increase is expected to kick-in on Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance (DA), together with the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) and other civil action groups under the Freedom Movement banner, are gearing up for a march against the numerous fuel hikes this year.

The organisations are marching to Treasury where they will hand over a memorandum of demands, which includes reducing the general fuel levy by R1 as well as an independent investigation into the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

“While government shifts the blame, suggesting our high fuel prices are due only to external factors like the oil price and the rand/dollar exchange, OUTA has shown that our fuel price can be significant reduced by adjusting the general fuel levy. This is within government’s control and simply requires their will to make this possible”, OUTA said in a statement.

OUTA added: “Our memorandum also calls for an investigation of the RAF which receives a portion (R1.93) paid to the fuel levy and R 3.37 goes to the fiscus.The RAF has been marred with fruitless and wasteful expenditure and an independent investigation will ensure that these funds will no longer go to waste.”

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said that ANC-led government could not continue blaming the rising fuel costs on the markets. “Government must also know that they cannot continue to blame these fuel price increases on “international markets”, as 33 percent of our fuel price is made up of two levies: the general fuel levy and the Road Accident Fund levy. Currently, levies and duties account for R5,30 of every litre of 95 octane petrol, or R265 of every 50L fuel tank”, Maimane said.

The march is set to begin at Church Square, in Pretoria Central, at 10:00.

Thabo Baloyi
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