COSATU in Gauteng says it will embark on a series of campaigns in the next coming weeks against rising fuel, food and electricity prices.
This follows the first Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) after the recent 14th Provincial Congress.
The PEC said that the recent socio-economic challenges in South Africa were the result of poor macro-economic policies driven through neo-liberal austerity measures.
“In view of this, the PEC concluded to wage campaigns of high fuel prices, establishment of the provincial state bank and pharmaceutical company, human trafficking, gender-based violence, police, and teacher’s killings,” said the union in a media statement.
High fuel prices continue to climb in South Africa due to the weaker Rand and higher international fuel prices.
The latest figures from globalpetrolprices.com show that the average price of fuel around the world is 1.17 US dollar per litre (R15.37).
The Gauteng PEC meeting said it has also noted the dire socio-economic challenges which includes poor service delivery in working class areas, unemployment, poverty, high levels of crime and murder as per the Gauteng crime statistics report and gender-based violence.
The PEC in Gauteng also resolved to convene a socio-economic conference in October 2022 which will focus its energy on developing strategies that would assist in building safer communities, economic recovery interventions, social compacting, and skills development.