Gauteng toll fees an election issue: DA

2011-05-17 08:53

Instead of striking over the proposed Gauteng toll fees, vote against the ANC in the elections, the DA said today.

“The DA notes Cosatu’s intention to strike over the proposed Gauteng highway toll fees, but the best protest will be a vote against the ANC in tomorrow’s elections,” the party’s Gauteng caucus leader Jack Bloom said in a statement.

“The highway toll plan has everything that voters should reject – poor planning, lack of consultation, withholding of vital information and possible corruption.”

Labour federation Cosatu yesterday threatened protests if its demands for talks about the proposed Gauteng toll fees were not met.

It submitted a notice for consultation to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) under the Labour Relations Act.

Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven said in a statement the SA National Roads Agency Limited should have consulted at Nedlac before Cabinet approved the tolls plan in 2007.

He called for “proper consultation” at Nedlac on provision of an integrated, reliable and safe public transport system.

Bloom said the proposed tolls would raise the cost “of virtually everything” and make job creation more difficult.

“It is very clear that a report back on the toll fees is being delayed until after the election because it is politically explosive.

“Elections are the ideal way to hold politicians accountable for their mistakes ... So vote for the party that will govern best in the interests of everyone.” 

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