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Gauteng Toll Roads, Government & Going on Striking

06 March 2012, 19:13

In my opinion, the Gauteng Toll Roads sounded like another way in creating jobs, but really that is not the way in creating jobs if that is the case. Instead the E-tolling was to make money off the already paying public, and where is this money going to come from since not many people will pay and where is the money going to go if there are people who pay?

Well you know there are these groups of people who actually own motor vehicles to travel from point A to point B since public transport is in a chaotic state.

Not even the Gautrain service is reliable because the bus drivers going on strike, cable theft & denying that the public that used the Gautrain didn’t get stuck in the tunnels when there was no electricity since the cables were stolen. Somehow the public roads we all use are now privately owned and we have to pay extra tax for using them. In a few words, this is unacceptable and we will not pay more!

I am behind COSATU 100% with the strike tomorrow against the toll roads, but will I strike? I would strike but COSATU’s strikes are never peaceful unfortunately, and I will not put myself at risk in being trampled, mugged or killed.

We pay road and petrol taxes already in which those taxes should go towards maintaining and upgrading the road infrastructure. So the biggest question is why isn’t it being used for that? There are no excuses. Only because of the World Cup 2010 was infrastructure suddenly pushed ahead and spending like 20 billion rand on toll roads is sick.

Are we communists and the government is centralising everything. If that is so the Constitutional Court is not doing their jobs. The E-tolling system is against our Constitution and we must continue to fight until the whole system is stopped completely.

What ever happened to freedom of movement in South Africa? The ANC fought for freedom and now they are making you and I pay more to move freely. What a cheek!

Why are mini-buses or taxes exempt from paying?  Are they not using the same roads as we are?  The next problem is the charge per kilometre, as I see it, not all people that use the highways are travelling from Pretoria to Johannesburg and back.

How will people be charged when using the highways when they only use the highways for a short distance, you cannot charge a person a kilometre for only using 800m for example. Where I live in Johannesburg, I will only go through one toll gate to get to the OR Tambo Airport, so will I be charged for a kilometre?

The Government cannot force anyone to register for E-tolling and if so, there no law and order in the once beautiful country of ours. I believe that heads must role and pay heavy fines or even go to prison for all the fraud and corruption. We will get justice! 

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