Cellphone companies picketed over #DataMustFall


FILE image of a college student on his cellphone.


JOHANNESBURG - Picketers targeted the offices of MTN, Cell C, Vodacom and Telkom on Tuesday, demanding affordable data and airtime.

The protest was organised by Right2Know (R2K) and the Diepkloof Voices of Poor Concerned Residents.

The pickets were staged at service provider offices in Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria.

At the same time, people made their feelings known on Twitter, with the hashtag ##DataMustFall trending yet again.


R2K says South Africa has some of the most expensive data rates in the world and cellphone companies make as much as 300% profit on SMSs, according to GroundUp.

READ: Cheap data 'vital for SA's future': Patel

Some Twitter users tried to put a humorous spin on the matter.

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