Cosatu protest ‘not authorised’

2013-05-23 11:17

Trade union federation Cosatu has not been granted permission for a planned protest against e-tolls on Johannesburg highways.

“Permission has not been granted, because with the previous motorcade protest, protesters had stopped on the freeway and walked on the freeway, which is a contravention of the National Road Traffic Act,” said metro police chief superintendent Wayne Minnaar today.

All law-enforcement agencies would be on standby to ensure the protest did not go ahead tomorrow, he said.

On Tuesday, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile told reporters in Johannesburg that Cosatu and its partners would embark on a go-slow drive, and a march to bring the province’s highways to a standstill.

The first protest would be on the M1 north, N1 south, N12, and M2 north highways in Johannesburg.

In December, the N3 highway was briefly closed when protesting motorists parked their cars sideways and started dancing on the road during a “drive-slow” motorcade.

Police spoke to the protesters and the motorcade began slowly moving again.

But some people remained on the highway and continued dancing.

A group of impromptu protesters closed the N12 near Soweto when they left their cars and went to sing and dance beneath a gantry.

The demonstration ended when police had a tow truck remove a vehicle parked in front of them.

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