Cosatu blocks N3 in Durban over petrol hikes

Oct 12th, 2018 Lubabalo Poswa 1042 Views

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. Article: Zainul Dawood.