The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says it has written to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to request an urgent debate on fuel price hikes.

Prices at the pumps have increased five times since the beginning of the year.

The price of petrol and diesel have increased by around 26 cents a litre, paraffin by 22 cents a litre and LP-Gas by 37 cents a kilogramme.

IFP Spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says they will also write to the Ministers of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, and Energy, Jeff Radebe, to request the suspension of the General Fuel and Road Accident levies on the petrol price per litre.

The party believes these measures could bring down the cost of fuel to around R11 per litre and stabilise the monthly adjustments to the fuel price.

Mhlengwa says: “South Africans are feeling the pinch in a far more severe way than we have previously seen. We are of the view as the IFP that we need to suspend the country’s fuel levies, which are charged per litre. The estimated cost is R5,30 – and therefore a suspension would mean a reduction in cost, which would make a litre of petrol +/- R11,00. We believe that this initiative would ease the constraints which consumers and commuters have found themselves in.”

 

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