100s of cars in Joburg e-toll protest

2013-06-24 13:41
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Cosatu e-toll go slow: Joburg

Cosatu began its go-slow to protest e-tolling in Johannesburg on Friday morning. See pictures here.

Johannesburg - About 200 cars were in a drive-slow motorcade on Johannesburg's highways on Monday, in a protest against e-tolling, said Cosatu provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile.

"The protest is proceeding quite orderly," he said.

The motorcade left the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) head office in Braamfontein around 09:00. The drive-slow was due to end around 14:00.

The N1 north towards the Olifantsfontein off-ramp, the N1 south towards the Diepkloof interchange, the N12 east, and the M1 north near the Smit Street off-ramp were affected.

Johannesburg metro police were monitoring the protest.

Last month, Cosatu held a similar protest in Ekurhuleni.

In April this year, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said it would begin e-tolling on Gauteng's roads within two months.

The previous April, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) an interdict approving a full judicial review before electronic tolling could be put into effect.

The interdict prevented Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls, pending the outcome of a review. Sanral and the National Treasury appealed the court order.

In September last year, the Constitutional Court set aside the interim order, and, in December, the North Gauteng High Court dismissed Outa's application to scrap e-tolling.

The court granted Outa leave on 25 January this year to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. The appeal is expected to be heard in September.
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