Sakhiseni Nxumalo
Senior journalist
1 minute read
14 Jun 2022
06:08

Cosatu plans peaceful protest against rising costs of living

Sakhiseni Nxumalo

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in KwaZulu-Natal will embark on a protest against fuel hikes and the high cost of living on Friday.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in KwaZulu-Natal will embark on a protest against fuel hikes and the high cost of living on Friday. The union said the fuel hike alone has had a devastating impact on many people in the country.

It said they will also be picketing about escalating youth unemployment and poverty, and low wages.

Cosatu KZN provincial secretary Edwin Mkhize said looking at the impact this was having on people’s lives, they could not pretend everything was normal.

He said:

“We do need to show our anger and concern at some point and this protest demonstration speaks exactly to that. We want the government to urgently intervene and work with speed to address the issues.”

Mkhize said the union is planning to have the main protest demonstration in Durban, where they will meet in the morning at Curries Fountain Stadium. He said they will then form a motorcade which will end with a picket at the Marine Building in Durban city centre.

Mkhize said the protest would not be violent as they are only looking to have placards.

He said they have also roped in other organisations and unions from different spheres across the province to be part of the mass protest.

“We are busy now having engagements and finalising our plans. We are still working to identify more organisations to be roped in,” said Mkhize.