No permission for toll protest - cops

2012-03-29 12:52
Johannesburg - The Freedom Front Plus did not go through the proper application process for its protest against electronic e-tolling on the N1 on Thursday, Johannesburg metro police said.

"There was no proper request with us at the Johannesburg metro police for this protest or convoy," Superintendent Edna Mamonyane said.

"My events guys engaged with them that there were procedures to follow before you go on an e-toll protest."

'Spontaneous gathering'

She said metro police told the Freedom Front Plus that it had to come to the metro police office and apply to stage a protest.

"They agreed to disperse and start again."

Police declared the protest illegal before it started on Thursday morning.

FF+ spokesperson Anton Alberts said he did not believe the protest convoy was illegal.

"Our position is that this is not an illegal gathering. It's a spontaneous gathering of people who are against the tolling system, and we were just going to drive behind each other on the roads with normal cars around Johannesburg," he said.

A camel, caravaners, motorcyclists and other vehicles had converged in the rain at the Ultra City on the N1 highway for the protest, during rush hour.

The protest was organised by the FF Plus, the National Taxpayers' Union, the SA Caravan Association and various motorbike clubs.

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