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R2K protests against high cellphone rates

The R2K Campaign protested in Cape Town calling for more affordable cellphone rates.

The R2K Campaign protested in Cape Town calling for more affordable cellphone rates. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Right 2 Know Campaign (R2K) said telecommunications companies can't justify the high cost to communicate in South Africa.

The organisation staged a protest on Wednesday in Cape Town calling for more affordable cellphone rates.

The campaign's Murray Hunter said people have the means to access and share information using their phones but it's simply unaffordable.

Hunter added that airtime prices in South Africa are the sixth highest in the world.

"The R2K march was extremely successful, we saw organisations from Cape Town marching to Vodacom and MTN offices to highlight the fact that the cost of communication is too high and as a result people's right to communicate and access information is undermined."

He said it's an issue of basic freedom of expression and access to information.

"South Africa has the sixth highest cost of communication in the world and when you see ordinary citizens are unable to put bread on the table and unable to pay the rent so it's unacceptable that cellphone operators are inflating the prices."

Meanwhile, R2K Campaign said the protest was part of the campaign's efforts to bring down the cost of communication in the country.

Hunter said, "People have the means to access information but they can't afford it because airtime is expensive and those prices were artificially inflated."

Members gathered at the Cape Town International Convention Centre where they marched to Vodacom on the Foreshore.

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