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The recent fuel price hike by the ANC national government has led to an increase in taxi fares in the Western Cape which is a slap in the face of the province’s poor. As the knock-on effect of the ANC’s mismanagement of the national economy continues, poor South Africans are beginning to feel the pinch of an increasingly emerging failing state.

This increases the burden on the poor who will have to soon decide whether to spend money on going to work or eating. I call on the President to implement a cap on fuel prices so that petrol never costs more than R13 per a litre.

Increased petrol prices affect the province and country as it makes both public and private transport more expensive. Additionally, it makes everyday commodities such as food and clothes more expensive as a result of increased transport costs.

To that end, the South African National Taxi Association Council (SANTACO) has confirmed that taxi commuters will have to pay between R1 and R10 more to travel locally. Furthermore long distance travellers will pay between R1 and R20, and even more in some areas.

The DA in the WC is committed to ensuring that our residents have access to affordable, safe and reliable public transport.

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