PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
teacher@heart
 
Comments: 21
Article views: 3
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all teacher@heart's badges.
 

Daylight highway robbery

21 December 2012, 18:19

The biggest protest action that South Africa has seen since before 1994, took place on the 7th of March and set the tone for the later anticipated annual strike season. Thousands gathered in thirty-two locations across the county to voice their frustration towards labour brokers and the controversial proposed e-toll system.

In Johannesburg people gathered in bright red shirts on the Beyers Naude square with signs like ‘Stop e-toll, Stop daylight highway robbery’, ‘e-toll se moer’ and ‘e-thief’. E-tolling is the taxation of the use of public highways in the Gauteng province and the government argues that it is a must for the growth of infrastructure. They further assure the people that it will not affect poor South-Africans. It will mainly be a burden borne by the middle-class and rich.

On a teacher's salary I hardly qualify as middle class, and I cannot speak for the rich, but allow me to say; the cash cow has been milked dry! Recently published figures by the Financial Mail suggest that the average tax payer pays up to 43% in taxes. This may vary because of different lifestyles and income levels. Some economists even suggest figures as high as 65%.

It’s not hard to imagine how this is possible if you start adding up income tax, VAT, fuel tax and levies, municipal taxes, electricity levies, a TV and car licence, CO² emissions tax etc. etc. ect. We further pay school fees, health care insurance, car and household insurance and possibly even your friendly neighbourhood security watch.

The thought of giving away 43c of every hard-earned Rand is a lot like an unkempt pig pen – disgusting!

Government further argues that the money has to come from somewhere. Money that should have ideally been used for education and health will now have to fund the improvement of roads. Why really? Why not take it out of the 1.5 billion squandered on luxury government cars, parties and hotels?  

Any good farm girl will tell you that trying to squeeze milk from an already dry udder will eventually result in a kick in the face. To anyone from government and SANRAL trying to impose this unconstitutional system on us; clean up your own bloody pigpens first!

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
21 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Lisa Marcelle Hold
ANCWL - Once the again the ANC ch...

Today, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mduduzi Manana, sauntered into court after a request was made to hand himself over for his bail hearing. Since when are those accused politely requested to attend a court hearing?  Read more...

0 comments 901 views
Submitted by
Lutho Jett Sokudela
The Conundrum of 0% Fee Increment...

In my humble opinion, i think that we must be honest with ourselves in admitting that we are in a crisis. It's time we face up, chin up and be brave with ourselves in admitting our failures and those of government. Read more...

0 comments 221 views
Submitted by
Lisa Marcelle Hold
We are all equal before the law -...

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mduduzi Manana, sauntered into court after a request was made to hand himself over for his bail hearing. Since when are those accused politely requested to attend a court hearing?  Read more...

0 comments 216 views
Submitted by
Sinta Ebersohn
Children of Single Parents Need S...

News24 article, ‘Single mothers need support from courts’, 2017-08-01, by Aishah Cassiem refers:  Read more...

0 comments 168 views
Submitted by
Tazvi Gamz
Grace Mugabe. Is South Africa Sa...

Events surrounding ruthless assault of an innocent South African model by an incorrect-able and uncontrollable craze wife of a 94 year old dictator Robert Mugabe, Grace has created cans of unanswered questions in the African and South African law and order system Read more...

0 comments 1120 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.