Vavi urges more talks on e-tolls

2012-11-21 08:57

Johannesburg -  Cosatu has criticised the ANC's alleged intention to push the e-toll bill through parliament without sufficient public consultation, The Star reported on Wednesday.

The trade union federation condemned the determination to rush the Transport Laws and Related Amendments Bill through parliament at all costs, general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said.

"The committee was mandated to give the public an adequate hearing, yet it had unashamedly reduced the hearing to a complete sham," Vavi was quoted as saying.

The committee had advertised for public comments on the bill on November 4 and closed submissions on November 12, said Vavi.

On November 16 it decided to hold public hearings a week early and brought them forward to November 20.

On Monday, November 19, it decided the bill would be voted on and passed by the National Assembly on Thursday, he said.

"In other words the committee decided one day before the public hearing that they would adopt the bill without any changes at the same meeting they will receive public comments for the first time," Vavi said.

"They further decided that the National Assembly will then adopt the bill a mere two days later," he said.

The provisions in the bill are essential to implement electronic tolling and the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

  • sonia.bloem - 2012-11-21 09:39

    NO TO E-TOLL!!! Now give me a cookie!!!!

      nicholas.graan - 2012-11-21 15:46

      Oops, comment deleted, lets try again. Does Vavi not realise by now that the government is just not interested in talking, or considering public comments on this issue?

  • alan.gernet - 2012-11-21 09:43

    Well - If the highways become unusable on Nov 30 with the Freeway Protest action - it will be the first real taste that the Govt will get on the public actively going against them. I don't want to be in Govt's shoes on Nov 30 if they try to bulldoze tol roads through. Poor Mac Maharaj's head is spinning with all the lies and corruption he has to deal with with NkandlaGate - how will he COPE on Nove 30?

  • mark.vanderheever - 2012-11-21 09:45

    They think they have won the war let see if these gantrees will still be standing when implimenting the tolls the country is fed up with all of the polititians and there corruption and sanrals alie se gat i wont register

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-11-21 10:18

    ANC don't wanna talk, they wanna loot. Talking wastes time and just delays they money they want.... Its like dealing with a child throwing a tantrum.

  • magogodale.mulalo1 - 2012-11-21 11:07

    Vavi mst stop 2 fool us.....couz we knw dat he cnt change nothn on the e-tolls issue

      sonia.bloem - 2012-11-21 11:12

      He might not be able to, but if we all stand up together as one, we will make the government about trying to force something down on us the people

      SarelJBotha - 2012-11-21 12:32

      Do not be so sure that we cannot force the hands of these thieves.

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-21 11:36

    Strikeback does not support e-tolling. Strikeback also does not support COSATU. Why does Vavi worry so much? Surely as member of a "non-profit" institution that works for the "underpaid" workers, he travels by public transport? It would be unthinkable that he would be driving an expensive German sedan! You don't have to be friends with the devil when you are against the plans his friends force upon you! Has Vavi asked any employer if it is OK to use their workers for his planned protest action?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-21 11:45

    Why does'nt Cosatu find out how the money was structured initially for e-tolls, who placed the tenders, check out all the costs and who stands to gain before and after. Show us all the facts and figures. The ANC is destroying this country, the only give out inflated tenders to their select circle, money is kept in that circle so it never really filters down to street level. Now they wonder why unemployment is rising when local business is running on crumbs and have to pay peanuts. So we are seeing a huge circle

  • saintbruce.bruce - 2012-11-21 12:11

    If anyone had some vague suspicions about the possibility that not all was well with the e-Toll process, then this rush rush method should clear those up without any more doubt. Things are not right with the bully approach we are seeing and this is going to be a real test for the ANC run government. How will they handle public opposition on a grand scale? Like Marikana? Dont buy a tag Don't use the roads Economic boycott of SANRAL!

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-11-21 12:26

    China is looking for money anc can( go)too hell will not pay can see black and white are standing together on this

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-11-21 12:31

    We need no more talks, but simply for people to ignore the tolls. Action speaks much louder than words and the regime needs to be made to understand that. I reserve all my rights, including to free travel, under common law.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-11-21 12:35


  • paul.stanley.5621 - 2012-11-21 13:38

    I will not pay...and I dont care what they try and do....if we all stand together on this, the system will fail and the goverment will have egg all over its face Lets stand together on this one.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-21 13:42

    Mr Vavi and the pendulum swings, this past week it's been an emphatic NO, now all of a sudden it's up for more debate. Why what has happened, what has changed? Give us a hint.

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