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E-tolls: And so it begins

03 December 2013, 07:15

Won't be bullied

Writes News24 User Trevor Heyl:

"It's clear that the public have taken a stand against e-Tolls, by observation today I can see only 10% of motorists have e-tags.

"When we the South African public do eventually kill e-tolls, we will realise that by standing together we have power, this realisation will lead to the public having more confidence in their ability to effect change, more and more SA citizens will stand up to the bullying of our so-called- democratic government. 

"The government needs to take heed that they have infuriated a once-passive citizen, and now they will have to deal with the consequences of a nation ignited. 

"This is one priniciple I am prepared to fight, SANRAL can send me summons, they can arrest me, fine me, charge me.  I will stand in the court queues, for days, and weeks, with the other 1 000's of like-minded citizens that will not be bullied by criminals.

"Cosatu, the DA, FF+, Churches, OUTA, countless organisations have spoken, their futile and passive attempts have been void.  Now the people must speak, raise your voice, dont pay e-tolls."

Pointless

Writes Kholo:

"I think it will be pointless at the end to think that SANRAL could get everyone who doesn't use those e-tags arrested, there's over a million road users without e-tag not to mention motorists that are from other provinces!

"Billions have been wasted on erecting these tolls and they aren't even going to manage to break-even with the little that they are making."

Sheep

"I will continue to use the highways and I will never be forced into paying for this, actually wish that I can be the first to appear in court for non-payment.

"I will not be subjected to the authoritarian rule of this government. Off to the polls I go to vote them out.

"As for those who have purchased them under duress from the threats of SANRAL you will forever be the sheep of this regime," writes R Ebrahim.

Mafia

"South Africa has been turned into a mafia republic we now have to help in paying the loan we never asked for and we also need to help the government to collect revenue to make up for what they spent in Nkandla. Zuma is a Mugabe in disguise," writes Tebogo.

Alternative

"I feel its better for government to charge fixed R10 on petrol bill every time a driver fills up with petrol.

"No road driver will run away from contributing towards roads funding. E-tolls will never get accepted by public.

"It's better to apply a system that I have above that will give driver no room to run away," writes a News24 user.

E-fail

Alta Barnard: "I have been trying to register my e-tag... With no success the website keeps crashing!"

Investigation

"Writes Philasande Somdaka: Funny how these upgrades where supposed to alleviate traffic congestion when it still takes hours for people to get from point a to point b.

"Friday 29 November at 11:30 or so to move from N3 south to Marlboro took me over an hour using the e-toll routes.

"If you think about it Gauteng has most number of motorists and i am sure if further investigation would be done on the service provider of the e-toll you'll find that there's people linked to politician who are benefiting from the ANC's insistence of e-tolls.

"The only thing now is seeing how the government is doing this in our best interest they should not stop there they should come out with what has happened with the Nkandla thing. We dont want them to be law breakers also. The truth must come out."

No choice

Writes Dorothy:

"I bought a tag just before the previous time that this system was supposed to go live.

'I have since sold both cars registered on the account, am not able to update with my new car details AND the promised credit for the cost of the tags DOES NOT show on the account, it has a zero balance!

 "Needless to say, I need to get to work and back and WILL use the highway, whether or not they fix this stupid system!"

Headache

"I took another route, I have adjusted my schedule to accommodate traffic. Also I want it known those blue lights give a headache."

Corrupt

"We pay for licences for us as drivers every five years, we pay licences for our cars each year, there is so much we pay for regarding traffic services (learners and drivers applications and other admin etc.), we even pay all sorts of fines and then also for overpriced fuel.

"Lets not even talk about tax. And all these prices are regulated by government. How is there not enough money for roads, that now e-tolling is necessary?! This is a corrupt business and I won't comply."

Blame

"Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror" 

"Today I am disgusted, disgruntled and a tad depressed about the state of our nation, our so called leaders in government, big corporations and you, the middle class News24 reader!

"I will go even further and pin my sombre mood on the WHITE middle class. 

"You are a bunch of moaners and groaners! You complain, bitch and whine about crime and lawlessness in our country, about miners who stood up against the "Machine" and about beasts like Nkandla!

'Keyboard warriors who from the position of "luxury" from within your air-conditioned office get online and rant and rave about all the horrors which has befell us as a Nation under the leadership of the ANC ....

"Yet, you do nothing but deliver lip service... too mindful of what others might say or think, some too lazy to get off their arses and out into the sun, to take a day's leave from your self obsessed life.

"Talking about something helps to a point, but then one should go over into action and make it happen!

'Where were you when OUTA wanted your action?  Giving money? Nice!

"If you were out on the highway like Cosatu members, showing your disapproval at the gantries being build then maybe we would not have been in this predicament today.

'Sure, the money helped with court cases, but it would not even have gone to the courts had you been out there!

'The white middle class disgusted me... you are selfish and greedy and only start acting when you are directly affected, you don't feel for those privileged then you.

"Until you learn to have solidarity for everyone and stand together with other races in South Africa on issues which affects them negatively you will be alone on your little island of misery, stuck in the repetitive loop of online bitching and whining.

"Oh, and if you wonder where the quote is from, do yourself a favor and go rent V for Vendetta and learn a bit about yourselves, your Government and Civil Disobedience, Leo Tolstoy style," writes a News24 user.

*What has your experience of the new e-tolls system been like? Share your thoughts.

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