The Fees Must Fall protests had dire consequences for café employee Eddie at the University of Cape .
With rocketing fuel prices, government came under fire from trade union Solidarity for pocketing R23billion in fuel taxes. "A Solidarity report shows that government got more than R23billion from fuel prices last year," the union's spokesman Jaco Kleynhans said. "Approximately R1,27 from every litre of fuel sold in South Africa goes to the National Treasury." He said the sharply increasing oil prices meant that South African consumers were faced with a crisis that could be alleviated with effective government intervention. - I-Net Bridge