Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
10 Jun 2022
5:35 am

A national shutdown could be the start of a major uprising, says expert

Brian Sokutu

Unconfirmed reports of a possible national shutdown have been circulating on social media.

People flocked to petrol stations to fill up on 13 July 2021 in Durban before a petrol price increase. Picture: Gallo Images/Darren Stewart

While major players – trade union federation Cosatu and the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) – have distanced themselves from a call for Friday’s sporadic countrywide shutdown in response to soaring petrol and food prices, experts have called on government to provide relief to workers. Cosatu national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla, who confirmed that none of the federation’s 17 union affiliates would take part in the demonstrations, said fuel and food hikes were “bleeding workers’ wages”. This, said Pamla, was “suffocating the economy” – calling on government to intervene by: Extending tax relief and reducing taxes on fuel Deregulating fuel priceGetting...