Predicted petrol price hike spark protest

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The price of petrol is likely to go up in August, sparking calls for a nationwide protest.

The Automobile Association (AA) said the price of petrol was predicted to rise by 19 cents next month.

This triggered plans for mass action from the People Against Petrol Price Increase (PAPPI).

The organisation has planned to block major highways next week Thursday, in protest against the rising fuel prices.

In a statement, the organisation’s Visvin Reddy said they had already organised teams in Gauteng to lead the mass action.

He warned those who would like to participate to note that the strike was illegal.

“It is going to be an unprotected strike and, for sure, we will be speaking to people in the next two weeks. We are all responsible people who do not want to endanger people’s lives.”

He said the organisation was still discussing which major roads were to be blockaded.

Police arrested several people in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday in a protest led by PAPPI against the high cost of fuel.

The N3 was blockaded with motorists calling for government to lower fuel prices.

The AA said the predicted increase come against the background of rising oil prices and the weakening of the rand against the US dollar.

“Current data suggests a price rise of 19 cents a litre for petrol, 13 cents for diesel and 22 cents for illuminating paraffin.”

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