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Joburg e-tolls protest set to continue

May 31 2013 20:39

Johannesburg - Cosatu remains intent on protesting on Johannesburg freeways, the trade union federation's Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said on Friday.

He said the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg had ruled it was unconstitutional not to be permitted to protest.

"We will go back to Johannesburg to protest on its freeways," he said.

The Johannesburg metro police and the SA Police Service had blocked the federation's earlier plans to protest a week ago.

Dakile was speaking during a drive-slow protest on East Rand freeways by the Congress of SA Trade Unions against the planned e-tolling of Gauteng's freeways.

The protest began with fewer than 30 cars in the morning. This number had risen to about 300 cars by noon, Dakile said.

Father Mike Deeb, co-ordinator of the justice and peace department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, said the fight against e-tolls was growing.

"I think it started slow because permission came late last night, we had so much support on the roads," Deeb said.

"Even if there weren't (big) crowds, awareness is growing and courage to think that we can overcome (the fight against) e-tolls and tell the government that e-tolls must be thought over."

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