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Cosatu puts anti-toll protest on hold

2012-04-26 09:23

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) has put its planned anti-toll protest action for Monday on hold, according to a report on Thursday.

"We are engaging the leadership of the ANC today [Thursday]," Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told SABC radio news.

"We are quite determined to convince them it will make no political sense at this stage to proceed with such an unpopular policy."

Vavi warned it would have "serious repercussions at a political level".

He called on members of the public to refrain from buying e-tags.

"We're urging the public, make this thing unworkable," said Vavi.

Court ruling

He said Cosatu decided to put the planned protest for Monday on hold, pending the outcome of its meeting with the African National Congress on Thursday, and pending a court ruling in Pretoria on the matter.

"We are quite confident that the ruling will be in our favour."

Also, Vavi said Monday fell between a long weekend and a holiday on Tuesday, which meant that many people had taken the day off.

"On a logistical level, it's not a good day [to stage protest action] between two holidays."

Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin told SABC radio that it was too late to stop the implementation of the tolls in Gauteng, scheduled to kick in on Monday.

He acknowledged that with the benefit of hindsight, the project was not a good idea.

"If we could rewind the clock, we would not have recommended this specific project," said Cronin.

"The problem is, of course, we have now spent R20bn on the project and the question is, how do we pay for this?

"One way or another, the public is going to have to pay for it."

Comments
  • Justin.D.Glenn - 2012-04-26 09:32

    The ANC will say that taxis do not have to pay tolls, thus keeping COSATU and their voters happy. Or something to this effect.

      Jason - 2012-04-26 09:36

      Until the price of basic foods go up as a result of e-tolling.

      Konstabel - 2012-04-26 10:30

      ANC tried that once already but Cosatu was not satisfied and I don't think they will be this time either.

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-04-26 10:33

      Cosato have to make a decision as they can't be against e-tolling but for the corrupt government that are trying to implement it, the two contradicts each other.

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-04-26 10:57

      Actually Cosatu are performing brilliantly they are against the e-tolling and the ANC for it, it is a classic ANC move as they still keep their votes because Cosatu are part of them. Nationalisation of mines come to mind ANCYL for it and ANC against it.

      Tuco - 2012-04-26 11:05

      You can have meetings till your bums are sore. I have always had the opinion that cosatu is 2 faced snake. This person right here is not buying an e-tag. Further more, the arrogance of Sbu Ndebele and Manyi about the tolls being "our problem whether we like it or not" has just strengthened my resolve to that fact. To those who have bought the tags and are planning to pay for this scam, good for you. Don’t cry when the discount honey moon is over, which I’m quite sure it will be once scamral have their way.

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-04-26 11:12

      Please explain the thumbs down on my comment???

      Tuco - 2012-04-26 14:13

      3 people put a thumbs down on my comment. I'm guessing that they probably bought those e tags Its not my fault you are a sell out who is going to be screwed over by scamral. its too late to protest or try do anything about it, scamral got your details already suckers.

      Muisie - 2012-04-26 15:22

      COSATU is waiting for a ANC bribe offer.

      Enhle - 2012-04-26 20:32

      Whats up with these thumbs down? Who bought u? Stupid government officials

  • Jacobus - 2012-04-26 09:33

    UN-INSTALLING e-Tolling... ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ 82% complete. After un-installing, please restart your Government.

      thinga - 2012-04-26 10:20

      UN-INSTALLING completed. Restarting, please save your work. After restarting, DA will take over.

      adrianlouw2 - 2012-04-26 10:40

      re boooot

      jacovniek - 2012-04-26 12:08

      ...can't the people take over for a change?

      Jacobus - 2012-04-26 13:15

      WTF... the thombs up were like 130 and 1 thumbs down... suddenly there is like 175 thubs down within 20 minutes... I smell a rat.

      Barker - 2012-04-26 13:42

      Sorry, my mouse button got stuck and would not move away from down thumb. Seriously though. I gave the thumbs up.

  • Kala - 2012-04-26 09:33

    Vavi warned it would have "serious repercussions at a political level". He called on members of the public to refrain from buying e-tags. "We're urging the public, make this thing unworkable," said Vavi. It wasn't a ghost, snake or ancestor that told me not to pay.

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-04-26 10:34

      Cosato have to make a decision as they can't be against e-tolling but for the corrupt government that are trying to implement it, the two contradicts each other.

  • Piet - 2012-04-26 09:34

    Wonder what the kickbacks promised amounts to.....Sell outs!

      Piet - 2012-04-26 09:39

      Cosatu just watch and see.....To late to stop it my friend....

      Piet - 2012-04-26 09:44

      Precisely my friend.....

      Koos - 2012-04-26 10:08

      Cosatu Cold Feet.

  • Shnez - 2012-04-26 09:36

    Im just glad i dont stay in jhb anymore

      Carry - 2012-04-26 09:46

      SHNEZ.............. DO YOU REALLY THINK IT WILL STOP HERE IF THE anc CAN LAY THEIR HANDS ON MORE MONEY TO MISAPPROPRIATE - THINK AGAIN. SO JOIN THE FIGHT TO STOP THIS CancER ............ OR NOBODY WILL BE SAFE.

      Felix - 2012-04-26 10:09

      First they came for the Gautengers, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Gautenger. Then they came for the Cape Tonians, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Cape Tonian. Then they came for the Natalians, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Natalian. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me

      Jacqui - 2012-04-26 10:16

      Felix, you have just messed up the words of a great man.

      Felix - 2012-04-26 15:24

      @Jacqui, au contraire, I think Martin Niemöller would have been happy with me using it in this context.

  • Elekanyani - 2012-04-26 09:37

    ANC, we'll meet at the polls!!!!!!

      Piet - 2012-04-26 09:39

      Now you are talking!

      ACvanNiekerk - 2012-04-26 12:54

      As much as Malema was wrong he was also right about several things. No one gets asked what their needs are in this country. Our education is a pathetic joke. The only thing that the ANC seems to be good at is enriching themselves. Why aren't you caring for your people? Why do I still see long queues at taps in townships? Biggest question of all why are you impending our constitutional rights to freedom of movement by forcing us to pay R550 per month to drive on a highway when you are already taking HUGE amounts of tax from us? I'm glad all South Africans are standing together on this issue. Its about time! DONT BUY ETAG!

  • Warwick - 2012-04-26 09:38

    Clowns...........all of them.

  • Mark - 2012-04-26 09:39

    "Jeremy Cronin told SABC radio that it was too late to stop the implementation of the tolls in Gauteng, scheduled to kick in on Monday." This missing bolt is radio-active and has a left-hand thread!

      Jason - 2012-04-26 09:47

      It's just the government backed media starting to brainwash the masses. Pandora's box (TV) will be used to full effect now.

  • james.bosch.16 - 2012-04-26 09:40

    Cronnin u clown how do u plan something like this without getting public view no proper transport system where are there buses from eastrand to joburg , u cant afforf it niether can the public with all the prices going up we just cannot afford it take away our cars send us summonses how much unemployment are u going to cause , good job with no public consulting .

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-26 09:40

    Big daddy has spoken and Mr Vavi has listened.

  • Angelica - 2012-04-26 09:41

    The government uses all the peoples pension money to pay for the new roads with the soccer world cup now they dont have the money to pay the people their pensions... so now we have to pay for that via etoll...ja wat Brilliant South Africa...

  • Fredster - 2012-04-26 09:42

    "The problem is, of course, we have now spent R20bn on the project and the question is, how do we pay for this? "One way or another, the public is going to have to pay for it." ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! WE ARE PAYING FOR THEIR MISTAKES!!!!! SERIOUS... SERIOUSLY?

      Ed - 2012-04-26 09:47

      one easy way....stop corruption and you will have the money!!!!

      Konstabel - 2012-04-26 10:49

      The tax payer is paying dearly for all of the ANC's theft and mistakes but let's not pay in a way is so expensive to administer and makes some foreign companies rich.

      Sharon - 2012-04-26 12:00

      When others spend money on my behalf, I would like to be involved in the decision making right at the start! Don't come to me 5 years later and say "by the way, we spent R 20 billion, here's the bill - oh, and, to collect this money from you will cost a further R 20 billion.." And then they scratch their heads and wonder why everyone is getting so riled up about this.

      ACvanNiekerk - 2012-04-26 12:56

      Unfortunately this is the bottom line of the issue. If Cosatu manages to stop the etoll process somehow we will just be hit in another way - I predict a big increase in the fuel levy. What will we do then? Nothing. Because we can't. #ANCSUCKS

  • Pieter - 2012-04-26 09:43

    The problem is NOT the R20 billion. The problem is the additional R 70 283 633 544 http://www.outa.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Calculations-on-E-Tolling-vs-Fuel-Levy-Model-3.pdf

      odupreez - 2012-04-26 11:37

      Ok , looked at the document, but WHERE is the additional .28c that we have been paying since 4/4/2012, this has not been brought into consideration at all, so over and above the R70milliard there is an expected R3milliard p.a, which over the 20year persiod would make this figure more like R130milliard.

      odupreez - 2012-04-26 11:40

      Further our government has donated $35million to the Malawi government for fuel. R280,000,000 !!, Charity should start at home !

      zs5zk - 2012-04-26 13:20

      Let the Austrian company and the Bribe receiving Government officials take the fall and write those Billions Off. In the first place, WHY IS A FOREIGN COMPANY INVOLVED, This is no Job Creation or any up liftment for the people of South Africa,. Just the ENRICHMENT of Outsiders. The cost of living is going to go up by 10% and more People are going to starve to death and crime is going to increase and JOBS are going to be lost in the MILLIONS. MARK MY WORDS.

  • james.bosch.16 - 2012-04-26 09:45

    Cronnin u clown how do u plan something like this without getting public view no proper transport system where are there buses from eastrand to joburg , u cant afforf it niether can the public with all the prices going up we just cannot afford it take away our cars send us summonses how much unemployment are u going to cause , good job with no public consulting .

  • Ed - 2012-04-26 09:46

    me thinks that Vavi has just realised that a large portion of his pension fund is invested into the SANRAL bond scheme. no tolls means bye bye government pension. pinkie and the brain would be proud of this mess...

      Ed - 2012-04-26 09:49

      PS: easy way to pay for it....stop the R50billion worth of government corruption and you will have the money....but wiat, that means that Vavi, Crony, MonetZUMA and his cronies will be oit of pocket...

  • Carry - 2012-04-26 09:48

    THE anc WILL SOON LEARN THAT FORCING THESE TOLLS WILL BE POLITICAL SUICIDE. JUST A PITY THEY ARE TOO STUPID TO LEARN FROM THE REST OF AFRICA'S MISTAKES.

      zs5zk - 2012-04-26 13:23

      Africans have no sense nor the sense of RESPONSIBILITY.

  • Bzeng - 2012-04-26 09:49

    Where does tax and VAT money go to if government isnt able to fund road construction? These state-owned companies do not bring in any profit!!!

  • Bzeng - 2012-04-26 09:49

    Where does tax and VAT money go to if government isnt able to fund road construction? These state-owned companies do not bring in any profit!!!

  • Christo - 2012-04-26 09:49

    What is the next step, will we all really go and protest, we will probably not, this is why they(the leadership that was elected) dont take our objections to anything serious. I am in just say where and when, once they started the billing on e-tolling, increases can be implemented without input for example the petrol increase.

  • Thapelo - 2012-04-26 09:52

    dnt involve public on messes u greated ur self. public ws not involved 4rm the biggining, y should they be the 1nce paying 20bn loss of gvermnt. No to e-tolling .

      adrianlouw2 - 2012-04-26 10:43

      spelll cheeeck

  • Thapelo - 2012-04-26 09:53

    dnt involve public on messes u greated ur self. public ws not involved 4rm the biggining, y should they be the 1nce paying 20bn loss of gvermnt. No to e-tolling .

      adrianlouw2 - 2012-04-26 10:47

      oh for goodness sake write proppersly

  • StoneAgePeasant - 2012-04-26 09:53

    So, now that the Gauteng highways belong to the Austrians does this mean that we have to have an Austrian passport to drive on them, or perhaps we will qualify for an Austrian passport because we will be spending so much time and money on their patch? Many people forget that Hitler was an Austrian, not a German!!

  • Lazarus - 2012-04-26 09:53

    Cosatu is taking advantage of public sentiment on etoll issue.They are behaving exactly like government,taking the people for granted.

  • Lazarus - 2012-04-26 09:53

    Cosatu is taking advantage of public sentiment on etoll issue.They are behaving exactly like government,taking the people for granted.

  • Louis - 2012-04-26 09:54

    I agree with Cronin. One way or another we will have to pay, BUT by using other means (taxation, etc.) we DON'T have to pay 70% of fees to admin

      Alan - 2012-04-26 10:11

      exactly - at least get rid of the admin aspect of tolling which would bring down costs substantially. We should have just paid for the roads without the stupid idea of tolling them in the first place. It costs more to collect the toll money than the cost of the roads. Absolutely ill-conceived idea to fleece the public. Tolls must GO!!!

  • bmahlax - 2012-04-26 09:54

    the e-toll is total bringing financial distrous on de side of all south african as it is going to leave everyone in debt unnecessary. owing de goverment we vote for is not good. they should know that when driving ur own car does not mean u r rich but trying to make ur life better. we have our own debt already

  • bmahlax - 2012-04-26 09:55

    the e-toll is total bringing financial distrous on de side of all south african as it is going to leave everyone in debt unnecessary. owing de goverment we vote for is not good. they should know that when driving ur own car does not mean u r rich but trying to make ur life better. we have our own debt already

  • Noluntu - 2012-04-26 09:56

    I think they smoking pure stuff! Vavi is a sell out

      Piet - 2012-04-26 10:01

      Time to vote out the ANC

  • Ashwin - 2012-04-26 09:58

    Get FIFA to pay for this grand f-up. What did the people of SA actually get from this world event. Very few people actually made money from the event. Stadiums are standing, extreme measures were taken to showcase SA. Now it is payback. The public must pay. Why? Get the delegation who asked for the event into South Africa to pay. Cosatu will, in laymans term highlight to the ANC how this is going to lose them votes and if the ANC does not lend an emphatic ear then the winds of change will begin, if it already has not started. The people have spoken and the Government elected by the people do not listen. Remember Libya, Egypt, Mali

  • Andrew - 2012-04-26 10:05

    Typical of this toothless wonder. All hot air and no action.

  • Takalani - 2012-04-26 10:08

    I am already campaining anti ANC for 2014.....i have enough to create a bid dent!!!!

  • Takalani - 2012-04-26 10:11

    That Jimmy Manyi se moer!

      Piet - 2012-04-26 10:34

      Lol!!!! Only in Afrikaans! Brilliant!

      zs5zk - 2012-04-26 13:34

      Arabic word "KAFIR" meaning, non Believer, and that is what Arabs call all others that are not of the Islamic Faith.

  • Carry - 2012-04-26 10:11

    COSATU PLEASE DON'T SLACK DOWN - KEEP THE PRESSURE UP. THE anc IS NOT INTERSTED IN LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE. IF THEY REALLY HAD THE INTEREST OF THE SAFRICANS AT HEART, THIS HUGE OUTCRY AGAINST THE TOLLS WOULD HAVE STOPPED THEM MONTHS AGO. THE anc OBVIOUSLY NEEDS TO HIDE SOME MISSING FUNDS OR SOMETHING NOT QUITE KOSHER IN THIS WHOLE MATTER. WITH PETROL GOING UP AGAIN NEXT WEEK AND THE BASIC STANDARD OF LIVING IN THIS COUNTRY, THE anc SHOULD NEVER HAVE EVEN GONE THIS ROUTE. THEY JUST DON'T CARE ABOUT US.

  • Takalani - 2012-04-26 10:12

    plan B gorvenment in progress ,,,,,,,,

  • Carry - 2012-04-26 10:13

    EVEN IF THE TAXI'S DON'T PAY MR. VAVI - THE INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF FOOD WILL HURT EVERYBODY.

  • bmahlax - 2012-04-26 10:14

    e-toll is not political issue but day light robbery business. no wise politicians will pull strings for their followers. the petrol is increases uncontrolable also de taxi will increase as de metro rail increased its fees so high. the ruling ANC must stop all dis practises. minister no one ever said u should misuse de money b4 u check de consequences saying one way or another de public will be responsible. no 1 is responsible 4 ur errors minister u gain we lose game wont do for us.

  • Rob - 2012-04-26 10:20

    Cronin, you and your cronies (appropriate name!) that were involved in this dumb decision should make a start in paying back the huge error you made by contributing 90% of your salaries and perks towards the debt. You will still be able to comfortably live of the remaining 10%.

  • Bruce - 2012-04-26 10:21

    wimps!

  • Christo - 2012-04-26 10:24

    Again, where did all the funds that was allocated by the Minister of Finance in his annual(2007/2008,2008/2009,2009/2010) budget speech to upgrade infrastructure for the 2010 World Cup go to. WE ALREADY PAID FOR THESE ROADS!!!

  • neille.groenewald - 2012-04-26 10:26

    THEY ARE PUTTING IT ON HOLD BECAUSE NOBODY WILL BE @ WORK ON MONDAY AND IT WILL LOOK PRETTY SILLY IF THEY HAVE NOBODY THERE.

  • debbie.aht - 2012-04-26 10:38

    Ok Cronin and Scumral if you do recover your Debt of 20Bn over three years for funding the E-Toll project ,what happens with the profit you making on the E-Tolls as it will be an ongoing thing to pay for going through those gantries,People will get tired of this and riots will break out,people starving ,Zimbabwe here we come!

  • Lenzi - 2012-04-26 10:39

    "One way or another, the public is going to have to pay for it." Rubbish... WHY?? SANRAL must pay for this and if they can not who ever financed SANRAL for this project should have done their homework before the loan was granted for this "ILLEGAL" project and accept their losses because it was also their mistake to grant SANRAL the loan. Why are they forcing their mistakes and their problems on the innocent public of SA. And lets not forget who is behind this project. BAE and SAAB aerospace, the very same corporations behind the ARMS scandal... I smell a corrupt rat, these highways are national assets already paid for by the tax payers of South Africa. Certain members in Govt illegally tried to sell our national asset without any right to do so, these roads do not belong to the minister of transport, and never have this is attempted FRAUD and the financiers are ALSO implicated. I will NEVER buy a e tag

      Kent - 2012-04-26 12:10

      @ Lenzi. If we pay for their mistakes they will never learn, so this is bound to happen again and again. We only learn by paying for our mistakes ourselves.

      zs5zk - 2012-04-26 13:42

      No Paying for it. Play the ANC GAME. Explosives are the answer,blow the Gantries down with Dynamite or what ever, ALL of them in one night. Sabotage and blowing up Restaurants and laying of mines on Farm roads is the ANC game, so let us play it.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-26 10:40

    ANC telling COSATU not to protest?

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-26 10:50

      And Jeremy Cronin from the SA Communist Party in favour of something that will make life in tougher for families and workers? Strange times we live in.

  • Samantha - 2012-04-26 10:40

    I am in favour of making this e-toll unworkable!!! Why should we pay for stupid decisions made by the transport minister?

  • Colin - 2012-04-26 10:51

    cosatu wants another 24 mil to walk away from the E-theft system. they are as reliable as the ANC dictatorshiop themselves.

  • ntobeko.nkonqa - 2012-04-26 10:53

    I wont be shocked if Vavi gets a top job in Gov just like Sam who changed to Mbazima after being given an offer.Talk,talk,talk no actions unless you plan screw someone.is the anything credible that proves we are a democratict country???next elections i vote for myself.

  • ntobeko.nkonqa - 2012-04-26 10:55

    blah blah blah.Cosatu

  • Dhavandran - 2012-04-26 10:56

    "If we could rewind the clock, we would not have recommended this specific project," said Cronin. "The problem is, of course, we have now spent R20bn on the project and the question is, how do we pay for this? "One way or another, the public is going to have to pay for it."now we have to suffer because of the anc and gordhan's @#$kups.typical anc mentality putting the cart before their arses.

  • James - 2012-04-26 10:57

    "One way or another, the public is going to have to pay for it." As usual you bunch of thieves!!!! OOOPS, WHO STOLE MY PLATES??? NOW I DONT AND NEVER PAY E-TOLLS

      zs5zk - 2012-04-26 13:48

      Cronin the Criminal and his Cronies must pay for it or tell the Austrian Company to go to HELL and chase them out of the Country with the Parlementarian F@$&$ that received bribery pay outs.

  • sesom - 2012-04-26 10:59

    Can't Cosatu make up it't mind...Do I let my workers off on Monday or not..They want to protest, walk up the streets,, shouting...dancing..