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A sense of relief was felt by South Africa and its investors, after the call for a National Shutdown on 10 June 2022 fell on deaf ears.
However, it would appear, that the itch to protest was not scratched and KwaZulu-Natal residents can now expect large-scale protest action this coming week. This follows the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) KZN branch calling for a protest demonstration on Friday, 17 June 2022.
According to a post, the protest action is aimed at the recent fuel hikes, the high cost of living, the unemployment and poverty rate, and poor wages received by the Average person.
Apparently, KZN COSATU has been in consultations with its structures and resolved to work with mass-democratic-movement, other civic organisations, and social movements to raise concerns about the ever-increasing and skyrocketing fuel prices.
With the social media post going viral, COSATU KZN’s Regional Secretary, Edward Mkhize explained that currently, the protest action will be limited to the Durban area, starting in Carrington and ending with a picket outside the Parliamentary building in Mariannhill.
However, when looking at the rest of KZN, Mkhize explained, “We are working with other local members who have shown interest in hosting protests in their area.” Mkhize assured that residents would be notified once the preparations had been finalised and the necessary details confirmed.
With this in mind, COSATU stated that it has always been at the forefront, leading the struggle against fuel and VAT increases.
In a statement, the trade union highlighted, “As COSATU, we remain resolute in the fight against fuel hikes which ultimately culminates in the high cost of living and poverty. Therefore, our approach to this issue is a holistic one that encompasses the protection of jobs and wages.”
The Newcastillian – Online News will keep you posted on which towns and cities will be joining in the protests.
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