OUTA calls for R1 reduction in fuel levy
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is calling on all South Africans to join the movement to put pressure on government to reduce the price of fuel. On Tuesday 31 July, OUTA together with other civil action groups under the Freedom Movement banner will stand in solidarity to hand over a memorandum to the Minister of Finance, calling for a reduced fuel levy and an independent inquiry into the Road Accident Fund(RAF).
“It’s for this reason we call on a reduction in the fuel levy as external factors like the oil price and the rand/dollar exchange rate can’t be controlled. The reduction of the fuel levy however is a quick win for government as it is within their control and impacts the lives of all South Africans” said Ben Theron, OUTA’s COO.
“We understand that a R1.00 reduction in the fuel levy will impact Treasury’s income by approximately R23 billion per annum, however we also know that corruption and maladministration costs this country far more than this amount each year. By reducing the high fuel levies and tax burden on society, Government will be forced to find the money through improved efficiency and reduced wasteful expenditure,” says Rudie Heyneke, OUTA’s Portfolio Manager.
South African’s have paid the price of corruption for far too long. The high fuel levy is a direct result of the corruption that has permeated our state and continues to cripple our economy.
Our memorandum also calls for an investigation of the RAF which receives a portion (R1.93) paid to the fuel levy. “The RAF has been marred with fruitless and wasteful expenditure and an independent investigation will ensure that funds received by the already taxed consumers will no longer go to waste”, Heyneke added.