Threat of national shutdown for SA over fuel increases and blackouts

Could South Africa be facing yet another National Shutdown?  

THREAT OF A NATIONAL SHUTDOWN FLOODED SOCIAL MEDIA

Fed-up South Africans flooded social media on Tuesday afternoon with talks of a national shutdown amid the record-high fuel prices and Stage 6 load shedding. 

Some suggested that everyone drive to a Freeway near them at 07:00, switch off the cars for two hours, and repeat this every day until the government listens to them.

See some of their responses here: 

We don’t need to plan a #NationalShutdown like we fighting an apartheid government.

We can all drive to a Freeway next you in the morning 7am and Switch off our cars for 2hrs

Stay there for a whole 2hrs every day

— Mo Manganyi (@Mo_Manganyi) July 4, 2022

#NationalShutdown South Africans planning another shutdown that will only end up on Twitter.
We are nothing like the class of 1976 shame pic.twitter.com/3us8G3OqhY

— Xolani Ngcobo (@XolaniNgcobo167) July 4, 2022

I’m not an activist
I’m not a politician
I’m not an influencer
I’m a South African citizen who can’t live like this anymore #NationalShutdown

— KasiBoy (@KasiboySA) July 4, 2022

At this point in time we are suffering the consequences of educated people who believed Cyril is well spoken therefore he is better than Zuma. Cyril has never been better .#PhalaPhalaGateFarm#NationalShutdown#SorryJacobZumahttps://t.co/ssAvrHVddT

— Makhalenja, The only begotten Son (@thee_gama) July 5, 2022

They even started the trending hashtag #SorryJacobZuma to apologise to former President Jacob Zuma.  

SOME EVEN APOLOGISED TO ZUMA

#SorryJacobZuma was the number one trend along with #NationalShutdown on Twitter in South Africa on Tuesday.

Most praised the corruption-accused former president Zuma with the general sentiment being, “you do not know what you have until it is gone”.

Several others posted their apologies to the former president. 

“I hope I’m not too late, but I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to President Jacob Zuma for all the harmful things I said about you during your tenure. I was made to believe that you were the problem, but I know better now. Sorry, my president”.

See more responses here: 

Your sin was loving your people. #SorryJacobZuma pic.twitter.com/Oo0LmrAxlZ

— Dimpho (@Dimpho_Mokwala) July 4, 2022

I greatly appreciate the #SorryJacobZuma campaign & those who genuinely apologise for having been misled to disregard the huge sacrifices of Nxamalala & massive contribution to our liberation. I’ve always insisted that no soldier leaves another soldier behind on the battlefield pic.twitter.com/AhP6B0ao4N

— Carl Niehaus (@niehaus_carl) July 5, 2022

Hit like if you agree they must votsek #SorryJacobZuma pic.twitter.com/1ksJdzJ3sE

— Diego_Chuene (@Diegochuene) July 4, 2022

THE RECENT FUEL INCREASES AND LOAD SHEDDING CAUSED THIS REACTION

This comes after the recent announcement by the Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe. He announced the adjustment of fuel prices in South Africa for July on Monday. The increases will be effective from Wednesday, 6 July.

In summary, based on the current local and international factors, the fuel prices for July 2022 will be adjusted as follows:

Petrol (both 93 ULP and LRP): two hundred and thirty seven cents per litre (237.00 c/l) increase;Petrol (both 95 ULP and LRP): two hundred and fifty seven cents per litre (257.00 c/l) increase;Diesel (0.05% sulphur): two hundred and thirty one cents per litre (231.00 c/l) increase;Diesel (0.005% sulphur): two hundred and thirty cents per litre (230.00 c/l) increase;Illuminating Paraffin (wholesale): one hundred and sixty six cents per litre (166.00 c/l) increase;SMNRP for IP: two hundred and twenty one cents per litre (221.00 c/l) increase;Maximum LPGas Retail Price: two hundred and eighteen cents per kilogram (218.00 c/kg) decrease; 

As things stand, the current inland of 93 petrol is R23,94 while 95 petrol costs R24.17. After Wednesday’s increases, both grades will cost more than R26 per litre.

And that is not all – the recent labour dispute at Eskom resulted in protest action. The protest action piled on top of Eskom’s usual struggles saw the country plunge into Stage 6 load shedding last week and this week Monday.

ALSO READ: CONFIRMED fuel increases: Motorists to pay more than R26 per litre from Wednesday

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