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Cosatu vows to get tough on e-tolls

May 14 2013 12:44 Sapa
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A previous tolls protest in Gauteng. (AP)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu has vowed to take to Gauteng's highways later this month and shut them down to protest against e-tolling and labour brokers.

The union federation had held discussions with both the Gauteng and national governments in an attempt to persuade them to ban labour brokers and scrap e-tolls, Congress of SA Trade Unions Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said on Tuesday.

"We have also had discussions with the African National Congress in an attempt to deal with these two central issues, and these discussions have not yielded any positive outcomes thus far."

He said many members of the ANC in state and government and members of society supported Cosatu in its campaign against these two issues.

"We have thought that the matters would have been resolved by now and unfortunately as things stand, all these matters have not been resolved," Dakile said.

"We have then resolved to engage in a two-day action as part of the ongoing campaigns to demand the banning of labour brokers and also the scrapping of the e-toll."

The first march on May 24 in Johannesburg would affect the M1, N1, N12, and M2. The second would be in Ekurhuleni on May 31, on the N3, N12, and R21.

"We are busy mobilising the community and various community organisations to be part of the action."

Further details would be announced at a press briefing on May 22.

"Our intention is to shut down the freeways on these dates and that's what we are prepared to do."

He said in previous marches on the highways some lanes were left open for cars to pass, but this would not be the case during the upcoming marches.

"Our intention is to have a total shutdown."

Dakile said Cosatu also planned various actions in June. A night vigil might be held at the SA National Roads Agency Limited's office.

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