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Cosatu to keep an eye on tolls court case

2012-04-20 20:00

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions will keep a close eye on the upcoming legal dispute over e-tolling, the union federation said on Friday.

"Cosatu will not intervene at this stage of the proceedings, but we have requested that our lawyers maintain a watching brief," spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

He said lawyers would be present when the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance takes the SA National Roads Agency Limited to court on Tuesday.

"If there is a need to intervene at a later stage, we will do so. This should in no way be understood as Cosatu backing down from its position on the e-tolls."

Earlier this week, the federation announced it was planning "the mother of all protests" against e-tolling.

It would encourage its two million members to join rallies, marches, demonstrations and night vigils across the country on April 23.

E-tolling on Gauteng highways is expected to start on April 30.

Comments
  • Godfrey - 2012-04-20 20:53

    Go COSATU, go for it!!!

  • Piet - 2012-04-20 20:56

    Have balls and declare you no longer support the ANC!

  • Dave - 2012-04-20 21:35

    You gained a lot of support Cosatu, from all sections of the populace regarding this issue, then you were caught with the fingers in the cookie jar and got burnt Take back, if you can the high ground by denouncing the investment of pension monies in Sanral, the major source of this would be your members money......why have we not heard from you?

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-21 02:37

      @Dave and @Ken Jay May.. You don't seem to know that COSATO was only involved in these roads when they were built in 2009 for the soccer world cup. At that stage of their involvement their was no mention by their governing partners that these road were going to be tolled. I am not a COSATO fan but thats why they so pissed off like all of us

  • Ken - 2012-04-20 21:53

    COSATU you cowards, you suck just like the e-tolls, tell the people the truth for a change!

  • Tsietsi - 2012-04-20 22:00

    At the march that was organised by COSATU I saw a lot of members of organisations that do not agree with COSATU on a number of issues, but they supported the COSATU march because they agree with COSATU on this one. So I think its time for COSATU to reciprocate, because we share the same grievance and we are all South Africans, irrespective of political affiliation.

      Piet - 2012-04-21 00:43

      now you should just vote out the party who started this!!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-21 03:33

    Talk is cheap money buys the whiskey!! STOP NATTERING !! Block the highways and bring ALL of Gauteng to a standstill for a week!

  • David - 2012-04-21 06:47

    COSATU GO WE WILL SUPPORT U BECAUSE U'R 100%;THIS e-toll MUST BE STOPED BECAUSE ONLY US BLACKS WHO WILL SUFFER VIVA COSATU VIVA?VIV........!

      henk63 - 2012-04-21 09:05

      Hey David, how does it feel to be a moron? Yes, the toll must be stopped, but to say ONLY BLACKS WHO WILL SUFFER defies any logic. And the VIVA's have really gone old and irritating by now. Anyone shouting VIVA! clearly displays his inability to form coherent sentences.

  • David - 2012-04-21 06:48

    COSATU GO WE WILL SUPPORT U BECAUSE U'R 100%;THIS e-toll MUST BE STOPED BECAUSE ONLY US BLACKS WHO WILL SUFFER VIVA COSATU VIVA?VIV........!

  • henk63 - 2012-04-21 09:00

    The Toll has been exposed for what it is - just another scam by government, but this one just went too far. Why join rallies and marches when all we have to do is stand together and refuse to pay? We are being ripped of around every corner, but like sheep we just go along and keep paying. Meanwhile, the members of our esteemed goverment steal as much as they can. General Public Resistance - call it GPR - is the only way we can beat this monster. The moron masses are incapable of voting them out, but those who keep the economy going can hurt them where it hurts most.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-21 11:01

    Good news COSATU, the more that get involved the better.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-21 13:37

    Its time to take action people

  • weza5 - 2012-04-24 12:16

    Brilliant! STAND YOUR GROUND COSATU WE ARE BEHIND YOU!!!!

  • weza5 - 2012-04-24 12:18

    Thank you Cosatu! Stand your ground, you have many followers!!!

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