We’ll make e-tolling unworkable – Vavi

2012-03-07 12:39

E-tolling will be made unworkable “like we did to apartheid,” Cosatu’s general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, has said.

“We’ve come here to fire a warning shot, we still have a lot of bullets. We will make e-tolling unworkable like we did to apartheid,” he said during the trade federation’s march against e-tolling and labour broking in Johannesburg today.

Between 100 000 and 250 000 people joined the Joburg march, according to Vavi.

He described e-tolling as economic apartheid during the march, demanding that government focus on improving public transport.

He handed memorandums to the department of labour’s Gauteng office and Eskom in Braamfontein before marchers moved to Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s office in downtown Joburg.

Vavi said Cosatu was disappointed with the ANC’s statement on Tuesday when the ruling party’s spokesperson Jackson Mthembu claimed workers were exaggerating their poverty.

“We say to the ANC: On this issue (e-tolling), you’re wrong,” Vavi said.

Earlier, Vavi told the gathering outside the labour department’s office that Cosatu was opposed to e-tolling and labour broking because it was defending the living standards of working people.

“Political labels hang on our necks but economic wealth resides elsewhere,” he said.

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, who said there were more than 150 000 marchers present, told the crowd he did not want to steal the limelight from Cosatu.

“ANC leadership must listen to the masses,” he said.

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