E-tolls: The state hasn’t listened to the people, says Cosatu

2014-10-16 13:37

Cosatu will go ahead with its protest against e-tolls because the government “has not listened to the people of Gauteng”.

“We [have] previously demanded that the system should be scrapped and alternatives be explored to pay for the draconian system,” provincial secretary for the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Dumisani Dakile, told reporters in Joburg today.

“Our government has not listened to the views of the people in the province.”

He said Cosatu would continue its protest action against e-tolls.

The trade union federation, along with the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance and the National Taxi Alliance, would stage a protest on Saturday.

The protest would start at Cosatu House in Braamfontein, Joburg, and make its way to the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) offices in Pretoria. A protest would also start in Hatfield, Pretoria.

“We are going to hand over a memorandum to the Sanral offices ... and burn the e-tags and the bills that have been received by our people,” Dakile said.

He accused Sanral of abusing more than R20 billion on upgrading the province’s highways without consulting citizens.

“We call this action of Sanral as selling our public roads to the highest bidder and to monopoly capital without caring about our country and its people.”

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