Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says is extremely concerned by the adverse impact on the poor due to the escalating fuel prices and levies.
As of April 1 the total cost of the general fuel levy, the RAF levy, and customs and excise taxes, plus the new carbon tax, would amount to R5.63 per litre for petrol and R5.49 per litre for diesel.
The Energy Department announced that the price of 95 octane petrol has increased by R1.31 .
The party believes the poor and vulnerable will bear the brutal brunt of these incessant increases.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa IFP National Spokesperson says South Africans can ill-afford these ill-considered fuel hikes born out of laziness on the part of the government to explore alternative means to generate taxes on one hand and reduce fuel prices on the other.
Hlengwa says the risks to the economy insofar as certainty and sustainability are concerned because of these increases are grave.
He says they call on the government to urgently suspend the fuel levy until the economy shows positive growth and the “stimulus package” presented last year yields positive results in this regard.
he adds that South Africans cannot continue to suffer without relief from undue poverty while the government has increased VAT, rates and taxes across metros and councils in the country – and now commuters wouldn’t be able to get to work nor are motorists able to fill up their tanks