E-toll protest under way in Joburg

2012-12-06 09:46
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Johannesburg - The "drive-slow" protest against e-tolling started just after 09:00 on Thursday in Braamfontein and Katlehong, east of Johannesburg.

People were singing "Senzeni na" (What have we done [to deserve this]) outside Cosatu House to kickstart the protest.

Motorists participating in the protest against e-tolling were travelling at 20km/h in Braamfontein, Cosatu said.

"There's no rush comrades, we have all the time at our disposal," said Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile.

"We don't need a thousand cars comrades, with the amount of cars we have here we can realise our objectives."

In Katlehong, motorists were travelling at 10km/h.

‘Tolls will affect church attendance’

There were about 30 cars in the motorcade in downtown Johannesburg and about 30 in the East Rand one.

In both protests, roads nearby were closed to allow the motorcade to proceed through.
Pedestrians were seen waving and fellow motorists hooted in solidarity.

A truck participating in the protest on the East Rand played music via loudspeakers.

Police were positioned in front and on the sides of the motorcade.

Before the protest started, a pastor, Paseka Motsoeneng, said there would be chaos in the country if e-tolls went ahead. He said e-tolls would affect the attendance in his church.

Motsoeneng danced with protesters in Katlehong before the protest began.

Last week, Cosatu threatened to remove toll gantries "nicely", occupy Gauteng streets, and block freeways during the protest.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited has been at the forefront of the e-tolling project in Gauteng, but the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) brought a court application to have the project scrapped.

The court has yet to make a ruling following a judicial review of the system.

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