Cosatu’s e-toll protest thinly supported

2013-06-25 00:00

NORMAL motorists yesterday morning reportedly accepted the Cosatu protest convoy on Johannesburg’s highways without any signs of impatience.

Only 20 vehicles, led by twice this number of police and metro police vehicles, departed from Braamfontein in the centre of the city, and moved at a snail’s pace on the M1 and N1 highways towards Midrand.

Other motorists did not spontaneously join the early parts of yesterday’s protest, as happened at an earlier protest. For the first time eight minibus taxis took part in Cosatu’s slow driving to protest against


Dumisane Dakile, Cosatu’s provincial secretary, said more vehicles joined the convoy on the N1 south towards Roodepoort.

If the e-tolling protesters wanted to really make an impact, they should have closed the highways and not just driven slowly, said motorist Sandra Vermeil, as she waited patiently on the N1 near the New Road off-ramp.

The convoy, which was festooned with stickers against e-tolling, arrived back in Braamfontein after about four hours.

Dakile said he was satisfied with the protest.

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