E-tolls: Cosatu to bring Joburg to a halt

E-tolls: Cosatu to bring Joburg to a halt

2012-12-05 13:46

Johannesburg - Cosatu will take to the highways in cars on Thursday to protest against e-tolling in Gauteng, it said on Wednesday.

"We won't be marching and demonstrating with our feet this time; we will be demonstrating with our wheels," Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Gauteng chairperson Phutas Tseki told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We will be driving slowly."

Tseki said this was not a strike and that workers would be at their posts on Thursday.

Cosatu leaders, full-time shop stewards, and leaders of Cosatu affiliates were expected to participate.

"We will do this for almost seven hours," Tseki said.

There would be two campaigns - one in Ekurhuleni and one in Johannesburg.

Motorists would meet at 6am on the corner of Black Reef and Masakane roads in Ekurhuleni and on Jorissen Street in Johannesburg. The protest was expected to start at 8am.

The two protests would take place on some of Johannesburg's busiest highways - the N1, M2, M1, N3, N12, R24, and R21.

Tseki said 100 cars a route were expected.

Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile urged motorists who joined the protest to drive with their car lights and hazards on. Some cars would also have banners.

"This is the first time we (are) marching on the freeways with cars," said Dakile.

"In February, we will push the campaign to the next level. This is the beginning, next time we will close the roads for 24 hours and if government doesn't listen we might close them for a week," he said.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-05 13:54


      strikeback.strikeback - 2012-12-05 16:51

      Strikeback dislikes COSATU more than E-Tolling. They are so stupid that they invested in E-Tolling, then they make a u-turn and want to break down the gantries. www.strikeback.co.za

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2012-12-05 17:48

      Come on guys, stop joking. This is not a joke. We need to support Cosatu on this issue which affects all of us. We need to join this protest to show the government that we are all against this daylight robbery attempt and blatant act of corruption. Lets support them and not just talk.

      hugh.olphart - 2012-12-06 10:08

      Strikeback, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Wake up.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-12-05 13:59

    Perhaps just don't pay. It's rather simpler and less messy.

      LeahKnott28 - 2012-12-05 14:10

      sounds good to me!!! if no-one pays it shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not supported by the people and government are acting outside of public interest.

      norman.depluhm - 2012-12-05 14:45

      Gotta do both. Pressure them into hopefully withdrawing it, and if the pressure has been consistent and strong enough yet the guv still does what they please, then by all means don't pay, and frankly cosatu can go dismantle the gantries (peacefully i pray) and deliver the parts to Sanral.

      gaby.hide.3 - 2012-12-05 23:28

      I cannot support COSATU that conveniently resort to violence and intimidation. When govt wakes up, COSATU will take the credit and...wah lah, they will be relevant again.

  • there.ceegament - 2012-12-05 13:59

    HHMmmmmmmmmmmmm" sound interesting" so we will get free petrol neh!

  • Adriano Rodrigues - 2012-12-05 14:02

    Hypocrites!!! What for?? comes Mangaung and you will be there Kissing Zuma's feet. Cosatu makes me sick! Zuma have blue lights, he wont be held up in the Highway. Honest people who will be trying to go to work might. Wanna make a difference? Vote Zuma out or shut up!

      thevu.m - 2012-12-05 14:21


      Brink.Andries - 2012-12-05 14:33

      I agree - though the latest ploy by the 3 partied alliance is to blame "the Government". The ANC did so the other day as well regarding the Lens mowers. So both ANC and Cosatu are blaming the Government in 1 week. Must be the Commie influence...

  • daniel.schotter - 2012-12-05 14:04

    Lekker!! Keep up the good work Cosatu! Lets stop these thieves from raping us further.

  • smadingoaneng - 2012-12-05 14:06

    i love tht i really love tht:)

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-12-06 10:32

      Tht? It's a pool chemical isn't it?

  • dave.elmore.5 - 2012-12-05 14:12

    Should be fun

      thevu.m - 2012-12-05 14:23


  • rams.ramasodi - 2012-12-05 14:14


  • sardick.davids - 2012-12-05 14:18

    ek is daar...stroes..

  • karolina.dean.5 - 2012-12-05 14:26

    Ahhh yes - but you, cosatu, will vote, like sheep, for that government again and again. Idiots!

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-12-05 14:27

    Bring the E-thieves to its knees...

      cenydd.botbijl - 2012-12-05 15:20

      More lanes...more trucks, why shoud we pay these excessive fees only to sit and watch all the trucks take over the additional lanes provided for motorists? Bring back the railroad system, reducing trucks and educate truck drivers remaining to keep left on the freeways. They think they own the roads! What about costs incurred for damages to our vehicles during the building of toll roads i.e. Windscreens, tyres, mags/rims why should we lose our no claim bonuses for damages not incurred by us drivers? 3rd world country trying to impliment 1st world ideals, yeah right....let's continue feeding the "fat cats" of this country whilst we struggle to pay our monthly bills.... As much as I am against national strikes being disruptive for business and bad effects on our economy, at times we need to prove a point to government when they fail to listen to the people that pay their salaries!

  • msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-05 14:32

    Viva Cosatu Viva!! Viva Vavi Viva!! Phansi nge shower phansi!!

      thulani.mthimkhulu.5 - 2012-12-05 15:27

      Asijiki Bhuti

  • priscilla.matsepane - 2012-12-05 14:33

    that' good idea.

  • nhlapop - 2012-12-05 14:35

    This one i SUPPORT IT.

  • gareth.p.randall - 2012-12-05 14:36

    Stupid idiots. When someone cant get to work for a week. Then what? The rest of the population should just take a ding in their pay. Some of us cant afford a quarter of our salaries deducted. There are better ways to handle this. Without interfering with day to day struggles. And besides. It is still illegal to travel below 60km per hour on highways.

      gareth.p.randall - 2012-12-05 16:14

      everyone who clicked "unlike" clearly do not have a job they rely on. I am in the industry to save lives. When I cant get to a job and people die. Your family, your friends. Then and only then will you all realize how important it is to not mess with the public roadways. I agree that the E-tolls are totally and utterly stupid. And a waste of tax payers money, time and efforts. I have a right to use those roads. And no one will stop me from using them. As far as I am concerned. I have already paid for the roads. Like all lawful people who pay taxes. Blocking roads is not the answer in this case. Ill gladly stand on the roads. If cosatu can pay me my days wages. Someone has to be held responsible for that too. It does not solve anything. It only crates more problems.

      brian.exmachina - 2012-12-06 07:00

      With the cars barely moving it's unlikely you'll have to go save anyone.

      hugh.olphart - 2012-12-06 10:16

      Gareth, I think its called capitulation. I really doubt your contribution to the economy defers the inflationary effects the toll's will have. Find a backbone or go buy your e-tag.

  • norman.depluhm - 2012-12-05 14:44

    As long as they keep their minions in line to in order, this should be one helluva thing. If I was in joburg, I must say I would participate. Please guys, keep it peaceful, leave the gantries alone for now, and SHOW the government that it cannot ignore the people. In this case, the WHOLE COUTRY is united behind the concept, people from all walks of life. I've banged on about a referendum before, let's have one now and use vote power as well!

  • doreen.nokwanda - 2012-12-05 14:49

    Halala cosatu,together we can make it.government mst get their story right or face da consequences of da economy going on da low,losing each day.

  • thevu.m - 2012-12-05 14:49

    Im worried about the future of this country , "lucky dube said:it takes millions days to build the respect we deserve , but it only takes one stupid to destroy everything " (mandela spent 27 yrs in jail to fight for freedom but the leaders like Zuma they forgot about that)

  • bridgette.elk.7 - 2012-12-05 15:02

    Thank goodness for organisations like Afriforum, OUTA, and Cosatu ! If it wasn't for them then government would really have us eating out the palms of their hands !

  • Freakemon - 2012-12-05 15:10

    day off...

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-12-05 15:44

    so M1 will also come to a stand still - please no stoning of vehicles please

  • ymacnab - 2012-12-05 16:50

    Cant believe that people are still moaning ... they moan about the etolls and then moan when people have the guts to then strike against them ... You've all been warned its happening so dress up, put your lights and hazards on and HAVE A SMILE ON YOUR DIAL!

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-12-05 16:56

    Roads are generally slow in Gauteng so I dunno who's stupid idea this was

      asdhasgd - 2012-12-05 18:35

      This time you have an excuse to be late for work xD

  • veldt66 - 2012-12-05 17:24

    Now its a stupid idea to protest e-tolls? Really?

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-05 18:34

    I'll be there giving my support COSATU >:) lets show these ANC scum who really controls JHB!! VIVA!!!

  • guy.madeley - 2012-12-05 19:38

    "We will be driving slowly." What would the difference be?

  • garth.philpot - 2012-12-05 19:52

    One thing Africans are extremely good at... toi toi...

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-06 05:04

    blow them up!!!

  • samgaf - 2012-12-06 07:53

    Hey wena, better to bulldoze those toll structures.

  • alta.steyn.3 - 2012-12-06 12:43

    United we stand, divide we fall! We need to stand together!

  • rajesh.sukha - 2012-12-06 13:07

    Funny how so many bloggers are suddenly in supoport of union strike action.

  • dannymothilall.danny - 2012-12-13 12:27

    SEEMS A bit strange that Cosatu saying that if the government does'nt listen then they will close the roads.One may wonder as to these comments as Cosatu and the government share the same bed.

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