Join e-toll marches, ANCYL urges youth

2012-11-28 14:18
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Johannesburg - The youth should support the two planned marches to protest against e-tolling of Gauteng's freeways, the ANC Youth League said on Wednesday.

"Young people must swell the ranks of the downtrodden who will on Friday participate in... marches to several government departments involved in the e-tolling disgrace," spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said in a statement.

The league supported the marches organised by Cosatu to be held in Tshwane and Johannesburg.

"We have no doubt that this dreaded system will only exacerbate the social problems that the country is already faced with."

The ANCYL considered the public hearings into the tolls to be a "farce". "That it is government's responsibility to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project is undisputed," Sangoni-Khawe said.

Government collected billions of rand in revenue for projects such as this and so it was unreasonable that citizens, who were already burdened with rising living costs, should be expected to fund it, the spokesperson said.

On 6 December the youth league would participate in another protest, which aimed to bring freeways around Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and Tshwane to a standstill.

"The mother of all battles is imminent," Sangoni-Khawe said.

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