Videos surface online, showing Zimbabweans queuing kilometres for petrol

Videos surface online, showing Zimbabweans queuing kilometres for petrol

Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis doesn't seem to ease. Now, residents are forced to queue for hours to get petrol.

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Two videos have gone viral online, showing the enormous queues residents are forced to stand in for a chance to get fuel. Cars are queued for kilometres.

One of the videos was filmed in Karoi, which is about 200 kilometres from Harare.

One video was shot in Karoi, about 200km northwest of Harare.

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News24 reported that on Monday, Dr Joram Gumbo, the Zimbabwean Minister of Energy, said petrol consumption was up by 100% in the past four months.

He told the local state-owned paper that the country is currently consuming about 4 million litres of diesel per week. This is up from 2.5 million litres a week.

Petrol consumption has doubled from 1.5 million litres per week to 3 million litres per week.

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At present, the price for petrol in Zimbabwe sits at R20.88 per litre.

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