Western Cape Mobility MEC Daylin Mitchell is making a call to the national government to take steps to moderate the steep rise in fuel prices.

Fuel prices went up steeply at midnight, following the halving of the fuel levy from R1.50 to 75 cents per litre.

95 Octane petrol users are now paying around R26  per litre at the pumps.

The price of Diesel has shot up by between R2.30 cents and R2.31 cents per litre.

Provincial department spokesperson, Jandre Bakker says the national government cannot claim to listen to the plight of the poor, and then allow something like this to continue.

“While I am aware that rising international oil prices have contributed to the latest price increase, I am acutely aware that ongoing fuel price increases are raising food and transport prices for everybody. This is happening at a time when we are just beginning to recover from the COVID pandemic. The rising price of basic necessities has a disproportionately large impact on the poorest of the poor”.