Crip­pling petrol price could fuel anar­chy

Post - - OPINION - DHAYALAN MOODLEY Mobeni Heights

JUST as we were get­ting back to hop­ing there would be a de­crease in the price of petrol, comes the news of an­other price in­crease of R1 a litre.

The high price of petrol could fuel anar­chy.

The in­crease will stran­gle the tax­payer and the man in the street, who are strug­gling to sur­vive in a tough and harsh eco­nomic world driven by es­ca­lat­ing prices. With the fuel hikes comes a warn­ing that if the rand con­tin­ues to de­pre­ci­ate, petrol could soon cost R20 a litre.

The petrol price in­creases have a snow­ball ef­fect that not only costs the coun­try bil­lions of rand, but re­sults in the rock­et­ing costs of trans­port, food and ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties.

Soon there will be job losses and more price in­creases across the board that will sti­fle any hope of growth and con­trib­ute to in­creased poverty and fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

Are we as a na­tion go­ing to sit back and ac­cept in­creases of a com­mod­ity that is the life blood of our com­mu­nity? South Africa is be­com­ing one of the most ex­pen­sive coun­tries to live in.

Our econ­omy is on shaky ground and ev­ery time there is an in­crease, it takes months for the econ­omy to re­cover.

Thank­fully, we have Visvin Reddy, the con­vener of Peo­ple Against Petrol and Paraf­fin In­creases.

In spite of the po­lice us­ing ex­ces­sive force on them in their protests, they have cre­ated an im­pact, but the gov­ern­ment does not care. If the petrol price is left to spi­ral out of con­trol, anar­chy may be­come the in­evitable con­se­quence.

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