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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

CONCERNING EXPECTED FUEL PRICE INCREASE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK as ACTING NATIONAL SECRETARY

The UDM is concerned about the expected fuel price increase, estimated at 17c per litre of petrol. This will place a further burden on an already floundering economy. The additional expense that this will entail for the average South African, particularly the long-distance commuter, is simply unacceptable. If the government cut the tax on fuel, the increase in international oil prices would place far less of a burden on our commuters.

Because of the zoning and housing plans of the apartheid era, many South African citizens must travel considerable distances for employment. In most cases, the salaries provided by these jobs are quite meagre, and, therefore, a hike in transportation cost is seriously detrimental to the budgets of many South African households. Ironically, the ANC government, which so often blames its inability to improve the country’s economy on its predecessors, is now perpetuating the legacy of apartheid through the tax on fuel.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Acting National Secretary

23 April 1999

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