The IFP welcomes the decision by the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Baleka Mbete in acceding to our request to schedule a Debate of Urgent National Importance on the escalating fuel prices in our country.
We have called for this debate in terms of Rule 130(1) of the National Assembly Rules. It is our hope that this platform will enable the Executive to present to the House and the Nation a package of relief measures for South Africans.
In July, Speaker Mbete refused our request to debate this matter, and her reconsideration of this matter following our second letter to her on Tuesday, 4 September 2018 in this regard is welcomed.
The IFP has on numerous occasions proposed to government a relief measure which is to suspend all fuel levies until such time that the global price of fuel has stabilised and that our economy is back on track.
In the interim we believe that there is sufficient room in the budget to find alternative means to offset the fuel levies or at the very least to subsidise it.
The ANC has done nothing but pay lip service to the adverse effects the rising costs of fuel and VAT and electricity will have on the poorest of the poor in our country.
The debate is yet to be scheduled for next week either Tuesday 11 or Wednesday 12 September 2018. We will advise on further details relating to our campaign for the suspension of fuel levies.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP National Spokesperson
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