E-toll protest gathers momentum

By Drum Digital
11 February 2013

A convoy of Cosatu protesters brought traffic to a standstill in Pretoria central on Monday as a drive-slow against e-tolls gathered momentum.

The fleet of around 100 vehicles left Marabastad on the outskirts of Pretoria before 10am and headed into the city centre.

The protesters got out of their vehicles at the Department of Transport and started singing and dancing.

Some were blowing vuvuzelas and waving placards.

Some of the placards read: "Stop highway robbery, smash the e-tolls". Others read, "reclaim our nation's roads, demolish e-tolls, not people's houses".

The march started at the old Putco bus depot in Pretoria's Marabastad in the morning and will head onto the N1 towards Johannesburg.

Last month, Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said the action would be carried out in other provinces as well to ensure it became a "national act".

On January 25, the High Court in Pretoria granted the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) leave to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Outa had applied to appeal a December 13, 2012, judgment, which dismissed its bid to have the electronic tolling of Gauteng's major roads scrapped.

Dakile said Cosatu hoped renewed protests would elicit a response from government.

-Sapa

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