Cosatu studies e-toll protest options

2013-05-24 08:29

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) is studying the court ruling halting its planned e-toll protest.

“We are assessing the court ruling and we will decide what to do next. All we are going to do will be done in the confines of the law,” the union federation’s Gauteng chairman Mosanku Phutas Tseki said today.

Last night, the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court dismissed Cosatu’s application for a highway motorcade. It approached the court after failing to get permission from the Johannesburg metro police.

Earlier this week, Cosatu’s Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said the motorcade was planned for the M1 north, N1 south, N12, and M2 north highways in Johannesburg.

Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven said after the ruling they intended going ahead with the protest.

In December, the N3 highway was briefly closed when protesting motorists parked their cars and danced during a similar drive-slow motorcade.

Electronic tolling is due to be implemented soon.

On April 11, the SA National Roads Agency Limited announced it would be rolled out within the next two months.

In April last year, the High Court in Pretoria granted the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) an interdict halting implementation of e-tolling pending a full judicial review.

Sanral and the National Treasury appealed the court order. In September, the Constitutional Court set aside the interim order. In December the High Court in Pretoria dismissed Outa’s application to scrap e-tolling.

On January 25, the court granted Outa leave to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein. The SCA hearing would take place in September.

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