MBABANE: Economist Thembinkosi Dube said the recently increased fuel tax forced public operators to increase fares and they had no alternative under the current circumstances.
Speaking in the national radio today, the economist said the increase means those who were financial struggles due to the economic challenges will suffer the most.
“The increase in the public transport fares should not be blamed on the operators but the increased fuel tax, there is nothing they can do under the current challenges” he said.
The economist said the situation will continue to worse particularly for those who use public transports. He was interviewed by presenter Mbekezeli Mabilisa, who asked what the situation mean to civil servants who did had not received their Cost of Living Adjustment for years now.
On another, Sihlangu Nhlabatsi, the Chairman of the Swaziland Transport Council said gazette authorizing the public operators to charge the new fares will be enforced this week. He was also speaking in the National radio, the Eswatini Broadcasting and Information Services(EBIS)
Public transport at the bus rank