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Cosatu to continue toll battle

2012-05-01 12:57

Cape Town - Cosatu will continue its fight against the government's e-tolling project until the tolls have "finally been scrapped", the trade union federation said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Patrick Craven said in the federation's Workers' Day statement that the postponement of the R20bn e-toll project was "a direct product of the workers' power and sacrifices".

"We call upon government rather to prioritise the roll-out of efficient, reliable, affordable and safe public transport for all the people of South Africa," Craven said.

"Our campaign goes on until these tolls have been finally scrapped."

Craven said the federation would also take up issues about the existing toll gates "whose prices are forever on the rise".

Price hikes

People around Zeerust were paying R71 for driving through the Swartruggens toll gate and R40 for only travelling 80km in the Middleburg area.

"Tolling forces drivers to pay huge amounts of extra money just to travel on the province’s previously free highways," Craven said.

"Consumers face massive price increases as a result of the extra cost of transporting goods to the shops being passed on to the shoppers," Craven said.

He said Gauteng's toll road project, which was postponed on Saturday after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted an interdict against the SA National Roads Agency Limited after an application by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance group, was put on hold after Cosatu held discussions with the ANC.

"We are happy to announce that in our discussions with the ANC we agreed that we must postpone the implementation of the e-tolls in Gauteng for a month whilst we work on alternative funding methods," Craven said.

"This is a direct product of the workers' power and sacrifices."

Comments
  • Gestoffle - 2012-05-01 13:07

    What amazes me is how this country fights for something like this, but we cant fight for crime - which is more serious!!

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-01 13:10

      or a corrupt government.

      Tracy - 2012-05-01 13:15

      Good point. Tolling, though, in this country, has been corrupted to the point that it has become nothing more than legalised theft - approved government crime.

      Zengfuey - 2012-05-01 14:09

      Do not worry, it is coming - have to tackle the issues from the top to the bottom.

      Brendan - 2012-05-01 14:19

      I think we would all love to do something more about crime and corruption! to a large degree our hands are tied. However, that is an issue which targets the morality of individuals. We can't change a criminals mind! The E-toll issue is a governmental issue. A government we voted into power, and who are supposed to listen (which they often neglect to do). Thankfully the many voices are being heard in this case and something is being done! I think we all fighting to save these extra few bucks because the rest have been stolen already.

      George - 2012-05-01 17:32

      Hmmm. E-Tolling is a crime, theft as a product of corruption and breaking of numerous laws protecting the administration of public funds. Organise an outfit like OUTA to fight for the death penalty and I will support you.

  • Jimmy - 2012-05-01 13:26

    E_tolling will make us poor scrap it.People who wants to implement it don't care about people they are milking us to make themself rich.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 13:28

    I wonder what percentage of cosatus members use public transport which would have become exempt from e toll.

  • Vaughan - 2012-05-01 13:30

    Why is Cosatu getting so much attention when they have actually done nothing to stop this thing. Every eToll protest had a hidden agenda with banning of labour broking being their primary objective. Their so-called negotiations with the ANC was simply a save face in the light of an almost certain victory in court by OUTA.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-01 21:37

      Hi Vaughan.. I agree with most things and am NOT a Cosatu fan or member but I think you are being a bit harsh on them. Were it not for their support (and a unified front) things might not have gone the way they did with the e-tolls. .. and besides their are other issues - State Information Bill - which we will once again need a united front to fight. So lets give credit where credit is due. They will never be bed partners to the more sobre thinking South African but they too have established an anti corruption section, so we do have some interest in their views... And yes.. the tri-apartheid goverment is pathetic and Zuma and his cronies are not capable or have the intelectual capacity to govern this lovely country of ours

  • Jacque - 2012-05-01 13:32

    They vote anc then spend 5 years protesting against the anc, and then start the process all over again. Surely they must realise they are reaping the crop from the seeds they sowed.

  • leonard.nel - 2012-05-01 13:33

    cosatu taking credit for OUTAs achievement. OUTA is already on the case. What is cosatu going to do? Strike? That is all they know to do. Also to make anything a race issue - I should know as I experienced it first hand at work.

  • Gregory - 2012-05-01 13:41

    Great stuff COSATU. You have convinced me to join the union. A injury to one is a injury to all.

  • Hermann - 2012-05-01 13:42

    The legacy of apartheid - everything free. I am not objecting to toll, only to the absurd amounts.

  • Sechaba Mothupi - 2012-05-01 13:49

    ths prjct is imposibl to colect..better work on alterntv fundin method,rathr than ths one...

      Dennis - 2012-05-01 13:54

      This is proof that you must do well in school and be able to write properly !!

  • Sechaba Mothupi - 2012-05-01 13:49

    ths prjct is imposibl to colect..better work on alterntv fundin method,rathr than ths one...

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 14:15

    Ay leonard lady is jealous of you buddy i think she needs help.

  • Zengfuey - 2012-05-01 14:24

    Does the interdict for the toll tariff also equally apply to the monthly administrative costs between the registered etag holders and the ETC consortium? Can someone please clarify?

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-01 21:56

      @ Zengfuey .. No animosity intended but if it does it would be their own fault for not showing unity and in spite of every ones repetitive requests NOT to buy the e-tags. Try cancelling your registration otherwise you will be paying till the cows come home. There is no way that this e-toll will be paid by you or me or any other person.. it will be scrapped or sabotaged in the long run

  • Sechaba - 2012-05-01 14:29

    I do not trust ANC anymore, am I the only one? I voted for a better life not this debt this ANC is forcing us into. Its like somewhere at Luthuli House somebody said, lets screw these people, they will keep on voting for us anyway.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-01 17:12

      You must have been eavesdropping :)

      John - 2012-05-01 17:33

      well said Sechaba, finally cANCer supporters are beginning to see the light, and are realizing that the cANCer is nothing more than a bunch of common thieves who's only interest is the lining of their own pockets at the expense of their own people. They've been in power for 18 years and what have they achieved: Higher unemployment rate, lack of service delivery, failed public education, failed public hospitals, we still have rampant crime and now we officially have the most corrupt government in Africa! Sechaba i really hope more and more cANCer supporters will start to use the power of their vote to help bring about change in OUR country!!

  • Tumisang - 2012-05-01 14:31

    A R20 billion debt must be paid and this for the upgrading of infrastructure in Gauteng...etoll was a fair system,because the users will be paying for the service,no one will increase my income tax to pay for roads in Gauteng,if I use the roads then I will pay for it...the consequences of increasing income tax are more costly than etolling..

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-01 14:33

    Just waiting for the water prices to sky rocket. Air we breath tax, Tax for wearing clothes, tax for donations, tax this, tax that. We the people are sick of how u cannot work with what u got from us. The billions u have got, and now u want more. Vote DA, they have been against the cancer speading since the beginning. DA a Party everyone, not just themselves.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-01 17:15

      It has started with electricity. Water is next - but water is a problem. If they don't get it right, they could kill us all ... 18 years later the infrastructure is starting to fail and they have not maintained it ... They misspent the budget.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 14:40

    Tumisang they must pay for their own mess us taxpayers are going to tip over and its going to be ugly.They must sell their expensive houses,cars,clothes,jewelry etc etc and pay.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 14:42

    Well said sechaba30 i am with you all the way.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 14:43

    Lady go sleep i think you might be tired.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-01 14:45

    Please people.Black and white.The anc is taking us down.Just look and see what they are doing.They don.t care about is.All they want to do is fill their bank accounts and move on.Open your eyes...

  • Ina - 2012-05-01 14:57

    And here I was thinking how wonderful that we are all standing together at last, and people on this commentary page are fighting about who should get the honours! Rather be grateful that this abomination has been halted, and pray that is permanent. And learn to get along with each other for heaven's sake, and stop bickering. It was a combined effort from may different instances, and I for one am very grateful Thank you all.

  • andile.makhanya - 2012-05-01 14:59

    alternative methods!! that will result in the other 8 provinces paying towards Johannesburgs' vision of being the "NEW YORK" of S.A....RUBBISH

  • David - 2012-05-01 15:33

    The sadness of this is that we alreadfy have a mechnanism to collect money for road building and repair it is the annual license fee, but the DoT get this so badly wrong. They charge R250.00 for the average car to use every road in South Africa but proposed charging a car to use 180 km of toll road a capped toll of R500.00 monthly, the annual licesne fee for a large bus is a staggering R25000.00 and for a 30000kg lorry it is R12000.00, why such high charges because they work on tare weights.

  • wtheka - 2012-05-01 15:48

    They must just cancel it

  • Carry - 2012-05-01 17:09

    THE anc GOVERNMENT HAS TO SET AN EXAMPLE AND FIGHT CRIME AND FRAUD AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL - UP UNTIL NOW THERE HAS BEEN NO ARRESTS MADE, ONLY SUSPENSIONS WITH FULL PAY. THIS DOES NOT SET A GOOD EXAMPLE. THE TOLL GATES IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST FRAUDULENT SCHEMES THIS COUNTRY HAS SEEN - ONE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PAID BY ONE YEARS FRAUD TAKINGS BY OUR CURRENT GOVERNMENT. THANK YOU COSATU FOR TAKING A STAND AND STICKING TO YOUR GUNS. THIS IS JUST THE FIRST IN MANY MORE PROTESTS, WHERE S.A. HAS STOOD TOGETHER, REGARDLESS OF RACE. MAYBE WE CAN TACKLE CRIME NEXT ?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-01 17:10

      Absolutely! Where do I sign up?

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-05-01 19:57

    Dont steal ......the government dont like competition!!!

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-05-01 22:14

    ..Craven said the federation would also take up issues about the existing toll gates "whose prices are forever on the rise" A high five for Craven..Just hope he is serious.. those roads have been paid for umpteen years ago and yet they are still tolled. It would be a good idea if he requests the info on how much they have brought in since their existance and how much has been spent on maintenance of those tolled roads. Bloody sure there will be a surplus of billions.. and where did that go to.. Probably to the fat cats and ZUMA's bunch of concubines.

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