Govt: Mass e-toll protests unlikely

Govt: Mass e-toll protests unlikely

2013-10-10 11:59

Pretoria - A groundswell of protest to Gauteng's e-tolls once implemented is unlikely, acting GCIS CEO Phumla Williams said on Thursday.

"The increase of people already tagged does not indicate that a large number of people will be protesting," she told reporters in Pretoria following Cabinet's regular fortnightly Wednesday meeting.

"We believe we are a country of law-abiding citizens and a large number are already tagged."

She said the outcry over e-tolls had been over the tariffs being too high and not because people were against the user pay principle, and the issue of tariffs had been addressed.

Cabinet had welcomed the Supreme Court of Appeal's dismissal of an Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) bid to stop e-tolls.

"Cabinet calls on users of Gauteng's freeways to abide by the law, demonstrate good citizenship, and make their contribution to a better South Africa by registering for e-tags and paying for use of these world-class roads," Williams said.

"The e-tolling system is one aspect of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project which has enhanced the movement of people and goods and will make the provincial and national economy more efficient in future."

Williams said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters would announce the date on which e-tolling would come into effect.

  • Patrick Buckley - 2013-10-10 12:06

    Talk about wishful thinking!!

      Arnold Dumas - 2013-10-10 12:27

      This is only anc propaganda trying to hide the truth, i.e. that the sale of e-tags are dismal.

      Melan Beko - 2013-10-10 12:45

      The bulk of these so called willing e-tag buyers are businesses and not individuals. But giving you the impression that most people are for the etag and you might as well give up is what the government wants to potray. No way, no how. People are not idiots.

  • Werner Nel - 2013-10-10 12:07

    Law abiding with our crime rate....Dream on!

      Omge Klits - 2013-10-10 14:11

      South African citizens are indeed (mostly) law-abiding - pity same cant be said (consistently) of our Government

  • Drummond Doig - 2013-10-10 12:07

    Oh're in for a surprise methinks

      Alan Gernet - 2013-10-10 12:28

      one long long .. extended massive surprise

  • NickvanGraan - 2013-10-10 12:07

    These protests are just a waste of time, a bit like the "public participation" bit. Just don't buy an e-tag and don't pay the tolls. No money rolling in will be far more effective than protests. This government doesn't listen when people speak, they are very stubborn.

  • Rob - 2013-10-10 12:08

    Come on SA. Let's go postal!

      Alan Gernet - 2013-10-10 12:28

      and stamp it out

  • Dennis - 2013-10-10 12:08

    Lies lies lies garbage garbage blah blah.

  • Kallie Marie - 2013-10-10 12:09

    Watch us !! We will bring this government down

      Lelo Sir-Lelo Bikitsha - 2013-10-10 15:50

      Ja...enough is enough....they must just all voetsek and they must take their stupid e-toilets with them.

  • Carl Harding - 2013-10-10 12:10

    We don't live in the same country

  • marko.ras - 2013-10-10 12:10

    I don't know anyone with an e-tag, only saw it in rental cars. Thank God I'm moving to Cape Town.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-10-10 12:28

      Scamall will follow you there too

      Alan Gernet - 2013-10-10 12:41

      oh wait oops - that is not true. All roads lead to Nkandla

  • Neville Watson - 2013-10-10 12:10

    Cabinet calls on users of Gauteng's freeways to abide by the law, demonstrate good citizenship, and make their contribution to a better South Africa by registering for e-tags ..." Notice the emphasis in every pres release on registering an e-tag. This is the Achilles heel. There does not need to be mass action, just don't buy an e-tag and then demand that due process is followed before paying. Simple, easy and legal.

      Henry Kruger - 2013-10-10 13:16

      We must not pay. Squeeze every cent out of them until you reluctantly pay. Then it all starts again. So the cycle.

  • Charl Strydom - 2013-10-10 12:10


  • Jay Hull - 2013-10-10 12:11

    Is that a challenge???

  • Pieter Lindenberg - 2013-10-10 12:11

    Refuse to pay, you are just propping up one of the most corrupt an incompetent governments in the world!

  • Lorraine Polson - 2013-10-10 12:12

    Methinks you are telling fibs Phumla Williams! I don't believe there is an increase in people buying tags.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-10-10 12:42

      Pumla Williams also told us how much safer SA is...

  • Wernher Friedrich - 2013-10-10 12:12

    I just want to say, they need to spread lies to cover other lies else they know it is going to fail and blow up. And wait for the protests, it is coming like a big BANG.

  • miguel.defreitas.921 - 2013-10-10 12:13

    Who says I have 2 get an etag if you gana bill me I'm gana maker sure u work hard to do. As for the back roads Soon there will Be more pot holes than u can point a stick at coz everyone will be using it have a funny felling tho that there will be more pine town accidents coz of this system

  • Janie Fourie - 2013-10-10 12:13

    And so they keep on dreaming... Even if the protest don't help or work, the next election is going to be a surprise...

      Jason Marriott - 2013-10-10 12:17

      Janie you would think so but wouldn't get my hopes up.

      Henry Kruger - 2013-10-10 13:18

      That's wishful thinking. Get rid of the pot that's feeding me, not likely. Us the middle class are propping this mess up.

  • Jason Marriott - 2013-10-10 12:13

    What they saying here is bend over this will hurt at first but after a while it will go numb, but we will still be raping you.

  • Clive.D.Buckley - 2013-10-10 12:13

    Dream on Phumla Williams, we object to the corruption by the ANC and will NOT enrich them further through the this blatant extorionate farce

  • Sean Potgieter - 2013-10-10 12:14

    You vote em in; they clean you out.

  • Anita Grant - 2013-10-10 12:15

    Ridiculous- they are out o f touch with their citizens.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-10-10 12:16

    Just a pity we don't have a law abiding government.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-10-10 12:42

      a great pity!!!

  • Del Pearson - 2013-10-10 12:17

    I would like to find some law abiding citizens - look at the crime. Don't be too fooled.

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2013-10-10 12:19

    Just goes to show how far this ANC government is out of touch with the people that they are SUPPOSE to serve.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2013-10-10 13:03

      I don't think they are out of touch... I just think they are blatant liars and don't give a damn what we think!!!

  • Nesigan Naidu - 2013-10-10 12:21

    well here one F*** the ANC and its members, thevieing, corrupt F***s go get Zuma to pay his tax and answer for his 200 million rand mansion first

      Carien Hartzenberg - 2013-10-10 12:50

      If the taxis pay , i pay but again i think nooooo. Thanks you again anc

  • Morwa Motho Selebi - 2013-10-10 12:21

    U better get u'rself the shortest way 2 the nearest heaven nor hell, I won't buy e~tag nor pay scamral,

  • Susan Fraser - 2013-10-10 12:22

    We might be law abiding BUT please note we are going to vote you out...the sooner the better... Don't buy e-tag Don't buy..

      Christo Meyer - 2013-10-10 12:28

      Your country has just about the highest crime rate in the world, and you think you have law abiding citizens?

  • Morwa Motho Selebi - 2013-10-10 12:25

    I rather 4give my wife 4 sleepin with my father than forgive the ANC, Enough is enough, I'll personally make sure that my family & friends don't vote ANC,

      Magatikele Magatikele - 2013-10-10 13:40

      i am with you 100%

      Lelo Sir-Lelo Bikitsha - 2013-10-10 15:53

      You have my support. They must voetsek!

  • Theunis De Jongh - 2013-10-10 12:27

    Why do YOU not contribute to a better South Africa and keep the money here ? We will comply with YOUR laws to the extent that you comply with proper governance of OUR tax money. Lead the way government of South Africa. Reap what you sow, you paragons of wisdom and excellence.

  • Mzascos Mzasco - 2013-10-10 12:28

    Not this time! we will protest, heavely!!!

  • SoNot Impressed - 2013-10-10 12:28

    Is this woman for real?

  • Christo Meyer - 2013-10-10 12:28

    Your country has just about the highest crime rate in the world, and you think you have law abiding citizens? What a joke!

      Ashne Beinart Segal - 2013-10-10 13:40

      You have made a good point Christo! This country is a joke!

  • Solly Knoetze - 2013-10-10 12:30

    Do NOt Pay. It is the right thing to do.

  • TumsDown - 2013-10-10 12:30

    Haha. In other words, white people won't protest.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-10-10 12:33

      or pay, or register...

  • Netterine Venter - 2013-10-10 12:30

    From Beeld: Kommentaar oor die tariewe kan binne 30 dae skriftelik aan T.H.M. Mphahlele by Posbus X 193, Pretoria 0001 of ? gerig word.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-10-10 12:32

      postal strike..... use email

      Wernher Friedrich - 2013-10-10 12:36

      Email address does not work, mail gets returned. Just another scam in the works. I suggest we mail the minister directly and tell them the only accepted tariff is ZERO cents per km forever.

  • Tshepiso Komape - 2013-10-10 12:32

    dis girl is on drugs

  • Luciano Esau - 2013-10-10 12:33

    I am tempted to say govt have lost touch with reality but that would be stating the obvious as well saying they were once in touch with will protest as govt will just simply arrest those "non-law abiding" citizens & place them amongst real criminals...that's assuming there are actual "criminals" in jail as most are in govt....

  • Annette BrandersBraxton - 2013-10-10 12:33

    I won't strike, that is true. However, I won't pay for something that is "ProudlyBroughtToYoutheANC". This morning on radio I heard Zuma mentioned we must support local businesses. Hello!! What about the bloody gantries, it is an Austrian company the government hired to build the bloody toll roads. It is ridiculous!!

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-10-10 12:34

    We are rightly law abiding citizens . It's the government that's corrupt and thieving all the money. It's not under dispute so no more money for you to steal. I bet that within the first month after the implementation, we will be exposed to the first scam/ theft/etc etc. watch net

      Ashne Beinart Segal - 2013-10-10 13:42

      I agree!

  • proudlysa - 2013-10-10 12:36

    Surprise coming your way...when again the SNC have no idea, and don't care, how we feel. Lets show them

  • TumsDown - 2013-10-10 12:36

    It's the law now. If you break the law, don't complain about crime. Simple. Anyways, the ANC know very well that it's mainly the DA voters that have cars, so this won't impact votes. And people won't really protest.

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-10-10 12:37

    Will never buy a tag

  • proudlysa - 2013-10-10 12:37

    Guys, we need to ignore Linda. She/he is probably Mac lier Maharaj in disguise! Don't humor him/ her

  • Lando Motaung - 2013-10-10 12:38

    Yeah sure we have been law-abiding citizens for 4 too long and now its the time to act on what we believe is a daylight robbery. Now we will take the bull by its horns,you've gone too far blood suckers.

  • Bhekinkosi Langa - 2013-10-10 12:39

    A demonstration of good citizenship is not to VOTE for the ANC.

  • Richard Stockenström - 2013-10-10 12:39

    F*ck you Phumla.

  • Wian de Villiers - 2013-10-10 12:40

    This just shows how far the government is separated from the people.

  • Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-10-10 12:40

    By this comment, it indicates the ANC is definately worried

  • Alex Scott - 2013-10-10 12:43

    ....................../´¯/). ....................,/¯../ .................../..../ ............./´¯/'...'/´¯¯`•¸ ........../'/.../..../......./¨¯\ ........('(...´...´.... ¯~/'...') .........\.................'...../ ..........''...\.......... _.•´ ............\..............( ..............\.............\... I will NEVER buy one - come and arrest me along with the millions of others who won't buy an eTag. I will not bend to a corrupt government that's stealing MORE money from my already tight budget.

  • David Fryer - 2013-10-10 12:44

    WHAT !!! Has Pumla seen how these law abiding citizens called taxi drives abuse the road rules. Maybe he should sit on main road Randburg one morning !!!!