E-tolls protest off to a slow start

E-tolls protest off to a slow start

2013-11-08 15:26

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions' (Cosatu) protest against e-tolling got off to a slow start in Johannesburg on Friday with a convoy of around 50 cars participating in the drive-slow on the M1 highway.

The drive-slow, which started at the Cosatu's headquarters in Braamfontein, formed part of its ongoing campaign against e-tolls, labour broking, and the youth wage subsidy.

Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile earlier told reporters the drive-slow protest would be an effective way to highlight these issues to society.

The drive-slow convoy, escorted by an array of law enforcement vehicles with flashing lights, occupied two lanes of the highway on the M1 with protesters driving between 60 to 70 kilometres per hour on the route.

Most other motorists did not pay much attention to the convoy which proceeded without incident. It did not cause major congestion.

Two political parties, the Democratic Alliance and the Freedom Front Plus, announced further legal action this week to challenge the Gauteng e-tolls project and declare the enabling legislation unconstitutional.

A legal challenge to e-tolling by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal last month.

Outa announced on October 18 it did not have money to continue the legal fight against e-tolling. Outa's argument remained that the SA National Roads Agency and government did not conduct a proper public participation process.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has indicated that the controversial user-pay system is set to be rolled-out at the end of 2013.

  • Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-11-08 15:33

    I have bought my e-tag what about you?

      JackRussel - 2013-11-08 15:38

      Typical south african, Whine whine whine.. do nothing

      FJ Cele - 2013-11-08 15:46

      Thats the point - slow

      Kusleg Tjo - 2013-11-08 15:53

      Simply because you are an idiot..impimpi..!

      Yanga Mbona - 2013-11-08 15:54

      take ur sell out self + ur e-tag strght 2 hell

      Max Mulugisi - 2013-11-08 16:09


      NickvanGraan - 2013-11-08 16:16

      These protests are a complete waste of time, the government is not listening. The only thing that will make them listen is to collapse the system by not paying. No money in their pockets will force them to listen.

      NickvanGraan - 2013-11-08 16:17

      PS, no Simon I haven't. I am putting my money where my mouth is.

      Craig Bennetts - 2013-11-08 19:15

      Good for you,now pay it!

      Rui Sanavero - 2013-11-12 09:10

      You must be a Man Utd supporter.

  • Solly Knoetze - 2013-11-08 15:40

    COSATU is a Dying Union

  • Jabu Smangele - 2013-11-08 16:05

    That Vavi who made sex in the office??? Sies man!!!

      Apostle Ncakeni - 2013-11-08 16:18

      We r commenting e-toll not sex if u r sex starved don't bring it here deal with it elsewhere

  • Tina Butler - 2013-11-08 16:18

    Friday is not a good day for protesting. Next time make it on a Monday.

  • Andre Keyter - 2013-11-08 16:41

    Far more effective to blockade the "e-toll" offices within site of the N1 in Samrand.

  • Jaco Ehlers - 2013-11-08 18:13

    Good for you So go and support the Jz corrupt trust.

  • Vince Muller - 2013-11-08 19:14

    When I use the roads, they can send me the account... I will not buy an etag... where is the alternative routes?? Where is our decent public transport??? Trucks stuff up the roads, not cars... was 2ce at a heavy traffic jam on the "toll roads" waiting my turn to pay...and with all the traffic being forced to use these roads, how much money is generated and what are they used for??? self enrichment??? can we also get blue lights and become more important than the normal road user??? Cosato have got much more support than what people think..the majority of people in this country opposes etolls, and they have spoken... be carefull when they go over to action...

  • Craig Bennetts - 2013-11-08 19:14

    That's cos we work to pay tax and buy petrol to pay tax etc....

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-11-09 06:21

    This Cosatu drive slow is nt making any impact! The only way to make an impact is to not buy this e-tags so there wil b no money into JZ's pockets. Cosatu is useless without Vavi!

  • Rob Martin - 2013-11-09 10:19

    People have to work, cannot afford to waste time protesting,congest the system by not paying.

  • Rui Sanavero - 2013-11-12 09:11

    I love etolls. I love Nkandla.

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