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Government unfazed by road toll protests

2012-03-08 15:34

Cape Town - The government insisted on Thursday it would go ahead with plans to set highway tolls, despite threats of more protests a day after tens of thousands of people marched against the scheme.

"Government has made a decision and government is going to proceed to implement that decision," Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane told journalists.

Protesters led by Cosatu marched countrywide on Wednesday calling on the government to scrap plans to toll major roads around Johannesburg from next month.

Wednesday's protest was just the latest sign of tensions within the ANC-led government.

Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi warned that more protests could follow, threatening to shut down Gauteng's highways.

"We have come here to fire the first warning shot. And in our chamber, there is still a lot of bullets," he told a crowd of around 45 000 in Johannesburg, one of 32 cities and towns where marches took place.

Poor ignored

"If they say they will introduce this, we will take everybody we see here and even more and put them in the highways of Johannesburg," he said. "We will make this system unworkable."

Cosatu backed President Jacob Zuma's rise to power, and along with the Communist Party is a partner in the ANC government.

But it has increasingly accused the ANC of ignoring the poor.

The government says the fees are needed to pay for loans used to upgrade highways.

It has already dropped the proposed toll rates by 40% and agreed to a fees cap of R550 a month for motorists.

Private mini-bus taxis, used by most commuters in the absence of a comprehensive public transport system, are exempt from the tolls.

Comments
  • Alan - 2012-03-08 15:41

    Don’t buy e-tags. I am not going to let anybody deduct money from my account without proof of service. I will insist that Sanral POST all photographs of my car (with my number plates) going through the toll gates. They cannot email them because my spam blocker won’t allow them. Then if they can get that right then maybe I will pay. If we stick together on this they cannot arrest us all.

      Peter - 2012-03-08 15:48

      ...... and we will all be without vehicles as the Criminal Procedure Act allows them to legally steal it via impounding. They have thought this through mate ... much better than we would all like to admit. No better person to close loophles than a thief I always say.

      Alan - 2012-03-08 15:56

      Peter, surely we have a right to only pay for what we use. All I want is PROOF that me and ONLY me went through the toll with MY number plate. If they post the proof to me then as I said I might pay.

      Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:18

      Why we need such plans for K****k idea?Point blank, We don't want E-tolls.

      aspruyt - 2012-03-08 16:18

      Peter, as long as we stick together it will be impossible, I would love to see them impound thousands of motor vehicles. The courts cannot even cope currently now you want to go throw thousands upon thousands of summons per day?

      Fred - 2012-03-08 16:23

      @Alan, lets just register a taxi association - they can use the roads for free.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-08 16:26

      @Peter - One of the lessons that one learnt during the struggle against apartheid is that solidarity and unity to a cause is the only weapon you have to defeat any government. I am well sure COSATU's next step will be to create a mass solidarity movement that will have a two pronged strategy, fight this matter legally through the courts up to the constitutional court and the second is to come with civil disobedient measures like not paying knowingly that they will want to use the laws, that will mobilisemore people if there is mass arrests or impounding of vehicles. If someone does not want to take these risks leave it to us. Gatvol of this arrogance

      Peter - 2012-03-08 16:33

      Aspruyt and Alan ... as long as they have a point to prove, they will do their level best to make it fly. They impound a few hundred and take the flack later when we take them on appeal ... but fact is ... you still don't have a vehicle for a time while you fight them. As with the move when they forced you to pay fines at roadblocks or get locked up. They only stopped when taken to task about it. Nothing stops them from trying again I think.

      Martin - 2012-03-08 16:37

      I could not agree more! They can send me a bill through the post or Email and I will pay. BUT we must stick together and not buy e-tags. Thay probably won't work anyway!

      Youefoh - 2012-03-08 16:40

      This is for a good cause, why are the whites not marching? Just a thought.

      hayden.cajee - 2012-03-08 16:41

      Im not paying for anything!! I'd rather go to court and plead flippin poverty. The only problem is that 75000 people in johannesburg have already registered, now these pricks are screwing it up for all of us.

      Francois - 2012-03-08 16:59

      Youefoh, this is why the whites would rather not be there: http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/cosatu-warns-we-ll-strangle-the-city-1.1251641 "Young Communist League leader Buti Manamela made a stab at the handful of white protesters with signs bemoaning the tolls. “The opportunists here protesting for e-tolling must share the collective struggle of workers,” said Manamela. “You can’t just opportunistically support the march of the workers. You must get behind all the issues of the workers.”"

      Craig - 2012-03-08 17:08

      WHITES MARCHING... I discussed this with some people at work today. I would love to march and support. These were the real concerns raised: 1. Do we have to take leave form work, or are we allowed to strike for this? 2. How do we get the assembly points - where are they even? 3. Where do we leave our vehicles? 4. is it safe for my Gf and I to march, or will we as whites be hassled? Real concerns, please address them and I am sure you will get a lot more support. Thanks

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-08 17:26

      @Francois - Don't worry about him, one of the fat cats in parliament who is worried that their days that are numbered. Another Julius Malema who at least can be controlled by his handlers

      Burtfred - 2012-03-08 17:44

      If I had a visible "e-tag" in my car, I have no doubt it would be an incentive for our millions of criminals to break in to my car and steal it. It carries value and is therefore stealable. Sanral and the arrogant Ali Nazir can get stuffed; I'm not buying an e-tag.

  • Stan - 2012-03-08 15:45

    The arrogance.

      Ronald - 2012-03-08 22:12

      The ANC government is beyond arrogance. They do not just ignore the poor, as Vavi put it, but ignore their employers, the voters of South Africa as a whole, the people that voted them into government. Those that placed them in power have created a monster and now have to deal with it.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-03-08 15:46

    That is disgusting,for them to say they are unfazed basically means they dont care about the needs of the people.

      Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:20

      Bafuna utshiswa ezimpundu.....Ngomso i'm blocking N2

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-03-08 16:51

      Elle, did you ever think for even 1/100 of a second the leaders care about you/us?

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-08 15:47

    There goes my vote anc .... no more ....

      Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:21

      I love your surname when I pronounce it...Once I say "Koek"..I just smile**BBM-Smile**

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-08 15:47

    There goes my vote anc .... no more ....

      TBlogger - 2012-03-08 15:57

      Only now Lavida?

      Michael - 2012-03-08 16:17

      You must be a VERY patient peron if it has taken you this long!

      Burtfred - 2012-03-08 17:59

      The mind boggles! With a name like Koekemoer you voted ANC? I wonder if your silly name makes you dof, or if you were dropped on your head as a baby. Maybe I should draw you a picture of corrupt, racist, arrogant, crooked dictators so you can understand what a silly girl you have been.

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-08 15:47

    There goes my vote anc .... no more ....

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-08 15:47

    There goes my vote anc .... no more ....

  • Donald - 2012-03-08 15:49

    40c to 30c is not a 40% decrease

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-03-08 16:52

      Donald, outcomes based education

      Marion - 2012-03-08 17:28

      @Donald - it is if you learned to do math in a South African school.

  • Reshan - 2012-03-08 15:49

    To the ANC supporters, tell me again about how much your party cares for you...

      Peter - 2012-03-08 15:50

      Amen!!

      Vegi - 2012-03-08 16:15

      This is not about ANC supporters. 90% of the revenue from the toll roads will be from the middle class and the rich. The poor will be affected indirecly through higher prices. This is a necessary sacrifice.

      aspruyt - 2012-03-08 16:31

      Vegi, your head on a pike is the only necessary sacrifice.

      Peter - 2012-03-08 16:35

      Communist / Socialist much Vegi? Why don't you move to a country where your out-dated ideology works?

      gbbfg - 2012-03-08 16:39

      Vegi wtf? lol

      Reshan - 2012-03-08 16:51

      @Vegi, think of all the domestic staff that's going to loose there jobs or have their working hours cut, think about the increase in the cost of living for EVERYONE, this is a sacrifice that will see food and shelter taken from not only the middle class but the poorest as well and put it in the hands of the Elite

      Marion - 2012-03-08 17:29

      @Vegi - no it won't. The 'rich' will not pay. Their toll fees will be paid by those companies whose employees all have company cars.

      Alex - 2012-03-08 18:17

      Vegi, the poor will be affected indirectly? I have friends who, if this system comes into effect, will have to sacrifice certain expenses of theirs because of the extra money they will be spending on transport. When trimming down their spending, the first thing that will go are things that aren't necessities. So the people who they pay to work in their homes will lose their jobs, as those are intact luxuries. So unemployment will increase. Companies will not be able to afford their current staff so more people will lose their jobs. Food costs among other things will increase. This isn't a middle class problem. The gov is also unfazed by corruption, crime, poverty, unemployment so why should this bother them. The only reason they are not charging the taxis is because their protests will bring this entire country to halt and it is a battle they would definitely lose! I don't expect you, Vegi, to answer, because you have shown yourself to be incapable of doing so without being racist, abusive and hateful.

  • Paul - 2012-03-08 15:51

    LETS STICK TOGETHER!!!!!!!!! If we ever can.

      Marion - 2012-03-08 17:36

      Maybe the government has seen that mostly black south africans were protesting. Next round we need to show solidarity (not the union!) and protest as a united nation and make allowance for those who cannot march by holding pickets etc., in convenient places during lunch times / after work etc.,

  • kooveng - 2012-03-08 15:51

    SA government is out of touch with reality.. A law unto themselves, so much for a party that governs for the people. Wait until the sh1t hits the fan, maybe then they'll be "fazed"

      Fussed - 2012-03-08 15:54

      Yes FAZED out

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-08 15:55

      So you mean that splatter hit the country currently is still bananas?

      kooveng - 2012-03-08 16:00

      Yip, still banana's... I think it's going to get a whole lot worst before it gets better..

  • Dannys - 2012-03-08 15:52

    What the majority of people in this country fail to see is that Government is elected by the people and is a public servant to the people. In western Europe, public servants serve the public whereas in South Africa being a public servant is a glorified means of tribe leadership, with the general public being the loyal subjects in all of this. Is this the freedom that the ANC fought for, where you may have a vote but for all intents and purposes that vote is as worthless as not having one.

      Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:23

      Spot on Dannys

  • francoisvanpeer - 2012-03-08 15:53

    How do you secede from a country. The Western Cape has only 2 toll roads. A non-corrupt well run Province and a stunningly clean, well looked after capital (Cape Town). Why should we belong to what is really becoming a total disaster area of a country. Can we have a referendum on it. They can't shoot us all..............any ideas on how to become the Republic of the Western Cape?

  • Thelma - 2012-03-08 15:53

    Something tells me the government has a finger in the pie......

      John - 2012-03-08 16:05

      No the government doesn't.... Government officials do though..

      Alan - 2012-03-08 16:08

      ..or five fingers in the till ...umm umm I mean toll..

      Pharaoh - 2012-03-08 16:18

      Thanks John for correcting that. Government Officials, infact most of the officials in this Zuma admninistration. This ANC NEC needs to go!

      Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:25

      True

      MduXman - 2012-03-08 17:47

      they baked the pie, its only in their plates and we know they never share

      Alan - 2012-03-12 10:11

      Pierates?

  • RubenJacobs - 2012-03-08 15:54

    Just shoot the cameras on the highway? its as easy as that

      RubenJacobs - 2012-03-08 15:55

      beacuse that is waht eventually is going to happen if they go on with this!

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-08 16:21

      Well Vavi said if Govt doesn't heed the concerns of the people they have \creative ways\ of dealing with this!!

      Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:26

      ubanjwe emva koko

      Frank - 2012-03-08 17:16

      i can see that march now going down the n1 smashing those gantries to pieces.i`ll be joining in full force,my gardener and domestic will go with me too as their jobs are in jeapordy aswell.

  • JakesLR - 2012-03-08 15:54

    I see unrest and violence erupting in SA very soon!! Not only the toll issue but political issues are going in a direction which will bring unrest in SA. We are headed for tough times ahead in 2012 in SA

      Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:27

      JakesLR spot on my ma se kind...Bloodbath is arround the corner..Clearly Zoooooooooma can't govern

  • camp.j - 2012-03-08 15:54

    Our self imploding government, keep it up guys, we LIKE!

      MduXman - 2012-03-08 17:49

      u watch and see people not voting for the ANC next elections, they will loose votes like you cant imagine

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-08 20:20

      @mduXman - not so sure. See one of Vegi's comments near the top "this is a necessary sacrifice". ANC supporters are well-indoctrinated in "sacrificing". It's a core principle that has got them this far. There are too many that believe everything they're told - even if the face of incontrovertible proof to the contrary.

  • Kathleen - 2012-03-08 15:55

    Remember Libya and Egypt - those governments did not listen to the people!

      Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:32

      Point of correction Libya was overtrown by US,France and Britain not the people...If it was the people then why there is unrest in Libya?Why the nation is currently devided?Do u know that there is constantly fights in South Libya and tripoli?CNN and Skynews and other news channel does not report those incidents bcos they will be informing the world abt another failure of US,France and UK

      norton.legg - 2012-03-08 22:16

      Point of correction Aijaman. Gaddaffi, not Libya, was overthrown by the people of Libya. When you watched the news at the time, I remember seeing a great many Libyans holding guns and fighting, not British, French or American troops. Its more accurate to say that they couldn't have overthrown Gadaffi without the help of those countries' airforces and "military advisors" (more like special forces) on the ground. The reason why the country is dividing is because, like South Africa, there are different tribes that comprise the population of Libya, and all of them want their share of power and/or autonomy. Thanks

  • DJPotifar - 2012-03-08 15:55

    Te ANC without Cosatu's support? That will make for an interesting election...

      grant.peterson1 - 2012-03-08 16:42

      Exactly. And Malema cosying up with Cosatu.

  • wynakruger - 2012-03-08 15:55

    This wil be tested in court. There are many ways to skin a cat. Trying to buy votes from the masses to not toll taxis and busses. My industry is as dependent as the transport bussiness of the N1. I do believe it is just another publisity stund by the three leg alliance.

  • Dennis - 2012-03-08 15:55

    So the ANC government has just given every motorist in South Africa a GIANT FINGER !!!

      Irene - 2012-03-08 16:04

      Except for the taxis who ride for freeeeeee! Because of this fact ALONE I refuse to pay. They can lock up me, do what they want, I WILL NOT PAY! Got that yet you bunch of corrupt ANC thieves? I WILL NOT PAY!

      antonotto1981 - 2012-03-08 16:06

      I totally agree with you Irene!!! I feel exactly the same.

      Mannie777 - 2012-03-08 16:17

      Food prices will also go up!!! - how does food get to the supermarkets - by truck that goes via TOLL ROADS. So its easy to make the taxis NOT pay, when the people inside the taxis still pay for higher food prices!? I fully support these stikes for the first time ever!

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-03-09 09:05

      I would love to know how many of these bloody corrupt government officials own taxis as well. It has to be alot of them that they are allowing these taxis to not have to pay. The taxis are the biggest threat to the roads and to the other motorists. They alread dont pay for there licences, drivers licence or passenger licence to allow them to tranport ppl. Its pathetic. I really cant wait for the downfall of this government. The sooner the ANC are out of power the sooner everyone will be happy and this country can become a first world country once again. DOWN WITH ANC!!! DOWN WITH E-TOLL!!!!

  • AGvanderWesthuizen - 2012-03-08 15:56

    Government unfazed by only the road toll .................?

  • thabiso.motloung - 2012-03-08 16:01

    We should remove the car registration numbers, and lets see who they will charge.....

      Frank - 2012-03-08 17:21

      right on.imagine a couple of cops trying to pull over every car without plates on a monday morning,it`ll be hilarious.

  • Sharmay - 2012-03-08 16:02

    still not going to buy an e-tag. the ANC can kiss my ass on that topic. I pay enough petrol tax.

      Sharmay - 2012-03-08 16:05

      besides, a choice between toll fees and my kid's education fees, I feel my child is the better investment. At least I can see what impact the money has :p

      Deon - 2012-03-08 16:42

      To drive without plates was some time ago a R500 fine, maybe the Gauteng Cops will take a smaller "spot fine". Anyway Gautengers are screwed.

      Alex - 2012-03-08 16:54

      Driving without number plates is a traffic offense under the regulations set out in AARTO. Arrest and criminal charges.

  • Izolohsm - 2012-03-08 16:03

    Profit ahead of anything else seems to be the order of the day. The masses are watching and wont be fooled anymore come 2014, the outcome then will faze you dear ANC!

  • Lebogang - 2012-03-08 16:03

    Granted the issue could have been handled much differently. But in all honesty I do not get why is SA against user pay principle. I want a world class city, I am prepared to pay the cost.

      Hans - 2012-03-08 16:06

      You already do pay Lebogang, through your taxes. So now you'll pretty much be paying twice.

      Sharmay - 2012-03-08 16:08

      Through higher food, petrol, electricity, tv licence, water, education prices? Overburdening the 8% that actually PAY tax is wrong. The politicians should take a paycut, the gov can stop funding massive youth parties and lotto can donate monthly too... also a viable option no?

      Lebogang - 2012-03-08 16:12

      Sure Hans, they could have hidden the cost somewhere in the regular tax. But with user pay, we can hold the SANRAL directly responsible for the highways. They will not be able to pass the blame over to treasury like other departments do.

      Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:36

      Uyanya

      Themba - 2012-03-08 16:40

      Lebza we are already paying a levy on the skyrocketing fuel prices. We also pay annual licence fees. Then there's PAYE, SITE, VAT, captial gains tax, etc. I think what you mean is the user must OVERpay. What about taxis? The government knows the latter would have had to pass down toll fees down to the passengers who in turn would give them hell. That is why taxis are exempted and soft targets like you and me are targetted. The taxpayer can hardly breath anymore due to being overtaxed. Furthemore, the public transport still remains in shambles for those who would like to use it. I am with COSATU on this one. The goernment has taken us for granted for far too long: we must join COSATU to make this system unworkable

      Pharaoh - 2012-03-08 16:48

      Lebogang I am not against the user principle, I also believe we have not allocated enough funds we are contributing through tax and levies on roads-transport. Potforlio Committee came back from China with a comprehensive successful model on public roads-transport. But the government is getting it wrong on implimentation. China did not try address issue of traffic congestion by e-tolling. They acknowledged they needed to attract/lobby people to support public transport. They started by doing a study in their country to agree on the type of public transport they were gonna invest on. That backbone transport was the railway line. China sent academics to countries they identified as leading in railway systems. That group was to come back and introduce modern rail fuculties in China academic institutions. Graduates from such institutions with help started with the project that made China the leader in morden railway sytems. Today public transport in China is user friendly, fast, safe, comfortable and affordable 24/7. First things first, make public transport attractive to commuters by following on what China did then road users will support it. Government officials are not prepared to take us to where China is, they just take a portion of 1st world countries models and use that to create looting opportunities for themselves at expense of consumers. They market that portion by pointing at China and those countries where the model is a success to mislead/blackmail road users.

      Marion - 2012-03-08 17:45

      @Lebogang - easy to say when you're a consulting engineer who can claim toll fees as travelling expenses against your tax.

  • Dylan - 2012-03-08 16:03

    let them eat cake!

  • John - 2012-03-08 16:03

    The system is doomed before it begins.... With all their heads in the sand, all I see is a row of a-holes...

  • Leon - 2012-03-08 16:04

    Then the people will bring it douwn

  • Vegi - 2012-03-08 16:04

    Government should not be intimidated by people who want mayhem. Why should government work be stalled at the behest of anarchists. Toll highways are a necessity and their roll out is one of the ways that will improve the economy of the country. Many of the so called roads are nothing but death strips which result in the appalling carnage. People who protest are ignorant. More toll plazas should be built to collect revenue from the public. Those who do not want to pay can simple stop using our roads and resort to alternative modes of transport instead of making silly noises.

      Sharmay - 2012-03-08 16:09

      Talk again when the food prices go up and people get retrenched because companies have to cut costs to deal with this daylight robbery.

      Alan - 2012-03-08 16:10

      So how life in the Cape?

      John - 2012-03-08 16:10

      Cosatu are now anarchists?? But they in bed with the ANC... They have a road tax on our fuel.... they should use that, but don't. Its just bled into the big money pot they have... and exactly the same will happen with tolls. "... resort to alternative modes of transport instead of making silly noises." Hello.... where do you live?? WHAT alternate modes of transport are you talking about???

      aspruyt - 2012-03-08 16:10

      You sir are a fool as you have already been paying for the maintenance of roads in multiple forms of taxes some of which even are taxes on other taxes for years. Let them milk your ignorant trolling arse. That is if you have ever paid any taxes. Goverment should serve the community not the other way around you prick.

      Dannys - 2012-03-08 16:18

      What a stupid comment - you obviously have no understanding of the way economics work. By putting tolls all over the place, the areas being serviced by the highways (in this case, Joburg) will begin to have their own inflation rates due to the increase in costs to distribute and transport goods. As we all know, inflation is way beyond the 5% or so that it officially runs at (unless you're putting a car each month into your basket of groceries and utilities) - since most people's salary changes are inflation based, people will have less and less income to spend which will ultimately slow growth. With growth slowed, businesses will trim excess (jobs), leading to higher unemployment and less tax - at which point the government will impose more taxes to satisfy public spend as there will be an increased number of people claiming benefits and living off state. Vegi - you're ignorant to think that a road is only used for a 1 person vehicle to drive around. In fact, every comment I've ever seen on here from you smacks of ignorance and stupidity.

      gbbfg - 2012-03-08 16:44

      I've noticed Vegi goes from comment to comment, just staying until he can no longer answer a question or justify his standpoint. Then he just makes another stupid comment elsewhere and goes with that until he's cornered again. Never have I seen him logically explain anything. You'd think he'd get it by now.

      Kuno - 2012-03-09 11:09

      @Vegi... are you really such a fç%&d up braindead stupid idiot or are you just playing dumb?

  • Riad - 2012-03-08 16:06

    Maybe the question we should be asking is why does the government not want to listen to what the people have to say regarding this matter considering that it is us, the constituency is whom they serve. To me it seems this so called “Austrian contractor deal” has more than the ink this agreement has to show for meaning that there has to be a reason why SANRAL or even the government for that matter can not get out off hence being able to heard the call of its constituency. So what gives, would this mean that government is willing to play chicken with the notion at the back of their minds that they would win this battle and adopt the Gaddafi stance in a figurative sense? Mindboggling……

      Nectarios - 2012-03-08 16:15

      They will listen, no doubt about that... But only when the elections start and then they will "Fix" a few things just for the people to see that something is done. When they do win the elections, then it stops again.... Watch and see. I am not going to register my car, I will use the dirt road if I have to. We have tollgates already, but unfortunately, it has become a dangerous road in that there have been reported hijacks. So people now use the R59. Now Government isnt making enough anymore so that is why this is to be implemented. Why not deal with the crime areas first ?? But you will see who is re-elected again...... - LOL

      Bernadette Amir - 2012-03-08 16:41

      @Nectarios i think you hit the nail right on the head, an election stunt mmmmh

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-08 16:10

    Sheer arrogance. They haven't even studied the memorundum but a decision has already been taken. I lost of word. The only option is civil disobedience measures like we did in the 80's. We will ultimately win on this. COSATU must now just on this issue call a meeting of all civil organisation and even political parties and establish a mass movement. I don't mind even DA and Afriforum join as long as we are united to scrap this tolling system. Please Vavi must not invite SACP and ANC as they are just the same cabinet ministers that showed as the middle finger.

  • Carry - 2012-03-08 16:12

    THE FIGHT IS ON - PLEASE PEOPLE LET'S STAND TOGETHER

  • moruthane - 2012-03-08 16:12

    don't be fooled by Vavi because African National Criminals is going to pay him to keep it cool just like what South African Fools Association(SAFA) did with Mbalula...

  • Aijaman - 2012-03-08 16:13

    Hehehehe ANC does not want to listen to the masses..Maybe they want another Greece in Africa.Bacinga salibala ugibisela isitena!!!!

  • Carry - 2012-03-08 16:16

    WE MUST NOT BUY THE E-TAGS. THIS IS NOT A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE. THERE IS NO UPLIFTMENT OF ANYBODY, ONLY A DOWNGRADING OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF SOUTH AFRICA. THIS MUST SIGNAL THE START OF THE DEPART OF THE GREEDY IN THE ANC.

  • charmian.green - 2012-03-08 16:17

    I hope that in the next election - People stop voting 'historically', because Nats are Nats, black or white, and these nats only look after their family members - at least the last nats were prepared to only exclude, Roomses, Swartes and engelse. (Catholics,Blacks and English) If you're not a Dlamini,Zuma or some affiliated surname; you're screwed no matter what colour you are! And this toll being capped at R550 - do they honestly believe that it won't have a knock on effect on food prices - coupled with the Eskom ubber planners increases. I don't know how the middle class or upper middle class will survive - the poor won't! It makes me so angry..... And utterly helpless. This proportional representation malarky means you don't have someone in your area you can go moan at.

  • schewitz - 2012-03-08 16:17

    The ANC must be making money off here somewhere otherwise they would not have built them. and due t the ANC making money here they will not stop them.

  • Vegi - 2012-03-08 16:18

    Vehicles of those who defy the authorities should be impounded and culprits face possible jail term.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-08 16:40

      @Vegi you will see a mass civil disobedient measures never seen post 1994. I like this anyway because it clearly show what kind of leadership the ANC have,and give more credence to the call for change of leadership. Mark my words you will move ANC leaders comeout aganist this sheer arrogance paving a way for a succession debate. They are so stupid to act so arrogantly when there is a policy conference coming and the elective conference coming.

      africanwolf - 2012-04-18 08:14

      Then you will have to impound all SA vehicles I don't think it will help the economy

  • Paul - 2012-03-08 16:22

    Lets all sit back and watch the protestors demolish every toll point they find... this should be interesting to say the least.More proof that the ANC are a bunch of money hungry thieves,I wont be surprised if they robbed their own families for profit or maybe already have...

      Vernon - 2012-03-08 17:02

      If we all sit back then who will protest???

  • Catherine - 2012-03-08 16:23

    The best way to get through to the government is to block the high ways. I agree we are paying far to much taxes and we already pay for the roads

  • Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-08 16:24

    mr e toll,I owe u nothing,sir,thank u

  • eradingoana - 2012-03-08 16:26

    If Cosatu really meant it about the march yesterday, let it pull out of the Alliance and the masses will understand that actions speak louder than words. ANC is in the government because of the Alliance partners and if they pull out and stand on their own, ANC will call them to the table. Until then, forget as the ANC will just be ignorant.

  • Gavin - 2012-03-08 16:26

    The closer to an election the more you can feel their hands in your pockets, the further away, you can feel their hands in your bank account. Don't steal - the government doesn't like competition.... Oh and for the record, if cosatu had separated the issues I would've been there in front balls and all.

  • Ben - 2012-03-08 16:26

    Burn it down I say!!

  • nthlarhi.ntimane - 2012-03-08 16:27

    Toyi toying is not a solution but let's just show the ANC the middle finger during the elections. These people were elected by the poor people but now they think they are untouchables. Can COPE cope?

  • Luan - 2012-03-08 16:31

    I won't pay for a road twice, that's madness. Could someone please explain this to the goverment? wtf?

  • Roy - 2012-03-08 16:35

    ANC = ARROGANCE - NEPOTISM - CORRUPTION ANCYL = ANOTHER CROOKED YOUNG LEADER Black and white, Indian and Coloured - Those of you that voted them in can vote them OUT. Only by sticking together can get rid of these Thieves.

  • Vegi - 2012-03-08 16:42

    This tendency of not wanting to pay is the one that sent countries like Greece, Ireland and most of the EU to the gutter. The UK and USA are also rushing to the doldrums because of the same attitude of citizens wanting their governments to babysit them.

      gbbfg - 2012-03-08 16:47

      The hypocracy of your post is once again beyond belief. There is something wrong with you. Really.

      Johan - 2012-03-08 16:49

      I wouldn't mind paying if the goverment was using my tax money correctly and there was just not enough but instead they love living like kings and we have to pay extra to keep their lavish lifestyles cos there is no way that they will "thighten their belts.

      Ina - 2012-03-08 18:23

      No vegi, not paying isn't the point. I for one would be quite willing to pay a reasonable amount like 10-12c per K, but what they want is extortion! We have already contributed enough via all the other fuel taxes and levies that we are paying.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-08 16:43

    So, the ANC must be shocked that it has opposition from the masses, here they thought they could rule forever and no one would EVERY dare oppose the GREAT LIBERATION ORGANISATION....well, lets see how far they can push the masses cause for sure, they believe the masses are weak and will NEVER oppose them. Think the race card could be pulled here by Zuma???? This is going to play RIGHT into Julius's hands.