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PICS & VIDEO: Cosatu blocks N3 in Durban over petrol hikes

schumi

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Durban - Traffic came to a standstill at the Mariannhill Toll Plaza Durban-bound as a crowd of people protesting against fuel increases blockaded the road on Friday.

The crowd, comprising members of Cosatu, the SA Communist Party and People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increases (Papppi) waved placards and chanted down with petrol price increases.

Police from the Public Order Police Unit stood in front of the crowd between vehicles and trucks.

The protest was part of a Cosatu organised picket against the rising cost of fuel and a one percent VAT increase this year.

After stopping traffic for several minutes, Cosatu caved into the police demands to leave the freeway when they realised that some of their members were stuck in traffic up the road.

The road way was cleared and the protest continued on the wide shoulder of the Marianhill Toll plaza.

Visvin Reddy, the convenor of Papppi , arrived at the toll plaza with a smile on his face.
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/pics-and-video-cosatu-blocks-n3-in-durban-over-petrol-hikes-17451370
 

The_MAC

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People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increases (Papppi) - could they not extend their mandate to include electricity as well? A very niche movement
 
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PHOTOS: Cosatu calls for lower fuel prices in Mariannhill Toll Plaza closure

Hundreds of people have been protesting at strategic routes into Durban this morning. They say the record high fuel prices are suffocating the working class.

Their message to government is that they'll continue to protest until their demands are met. Newswatch's Nushera Soodyal has been reporting from the Mariannhill Toll Plaza - near Pinetown. She reports protestors tried to spill over from the N3 towards the coast onto the Pietermaritzburg bound carriageway - but police intervened.

Police have intensified efforts to keep the marchers - dressed in red T-shirts - on the Durban-bound lane after a group of protesters ran onto the Pietemaritzburg-bound lane and caused a complete blockage to traffic.

Police have fired stun grenades - to try keep control of the crowd.

They have now returned to the Durban-bound lane.

Traffic heading to Pietermaritzburg is moving slow through the toll plaza.



 

ToxicBunny

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After stopping traffic for several minutes, Cosatu caved into the police demands to leave the freeway when they realised that some of their members were stuck in traffic up the road.
I in someways give up with our police... there shouldn't even have been a demand or anything about leaving the freeway, the police should have rolled in and started arresting on the spot.
 

schumi

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WATCH: Police use stun grenade to disperse Cosatu N3 fuel protest

Durban - Motorist travelling to Durban on the N3 on Friday were forced to sit in traffic as protestors - led by Cosatu - blockaded the freeway and demanded an end to escalating fuel prices.
Earlier police had used stun grenades to in an attempt disperse protesters blocking the N3 Toll Plaza leaving Durban. The crowd however resisted and continued with their protest.
Branch members from throughout KwaZulu-Natal of the Congress of South African Trade Unions(Cosatu) have converged on the Toll Plaza to highlight the ripple effect fuel price increases are having on citizens.
Cosatu branch members travelling from Pietermaritzburg had driven slowly on the Durban bound route creating traffic backlogs.
The Cosatu affiliates driving their own cars then came to a compelte halt to close off the Durban bound lanes after the Shongweni offramp and then the Toll Plaza.
This after protestors blocked the four lanes of the road leaving Durban. Police had issued several warnings to the protestors to stop blocking the road before atleast two or three stun grenades went off sending the crowd into a frenzy. Moments before that the protestors stood at the Toll booths singing and chanting.
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/wat...e-to-disperse-cosatu-n3-fuel-protest-17453438

 
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LPCPT

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Waste of energy.
Why engage in an action that you know will bring no results. Like banging head against the wall.

Fuel is expensive because of weak currency and high oil price. How the hell is a protest going to change that?
 

Gnome

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Waste of energy.
Why engage in an action that you know will bring no results. Like banging head against the wall.

Fuel is expensive because of weak currency and high oil price. How the hell is a protest going to change that?
I can totally see a way they can change it:

In Venezuela they had similar strikes that eventually led to fuel being subsidized by the government.

This is the world SA is moving toward. In order for the government to stay in control, they'll pile as much into taxes for the rich as they can. Once that breaks down they will dip into retirement funds and finally when it all is spent, they'll borrow as much as possible.

At some point it will all inevitable fail but at this point it'll be easy to blame WMC for it because they don't want to lend them more money.

I always laugh at people that think there is no way. Just because it isn't what a sane or logical person would do doesn't mean there isn't a way.
There is a way, just not one that is sustainable

And in Africa sustainable is a problem for someone in the future (or a future version of yourself).
"Solve" the problem now at all costs now is the African way.

If you don't have a house today, you forcible take it from someone else today no matter what. Tomorrow you can worry about the rest. etc.
 
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