Protesters sing against tolls

2012-11-30 11:18
E-tolls. Picture: Sapa

E-tolls. Picture: Sapa

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Johannesburg - A few dozen people gathered on a vacant piece of land at a street corner, where taxis usually park, ahead of a planned march in Pretoria against e-tolling.

By 09:30, people were seen milling around while others set up equipment at the corner of Sophie de Bruyn and Johannes Ramokhoase streets.

Police kept a close eye from their vehicles parked nearby.

Around 09:40 people began chanting: "An injury to one is an injury to all."

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) Thabatswae secretary Aggrey Mathe said: "It is the question of e-tolling. We are against that. We are pressuring the government."

Another man with a poster, Marchand Conradie, said living in a democracy meant having choices.

"If we live in a democracy we should have the opportunity to say if things can go ahead or not."

His poster read: "No open road toll."

Other posters read: "Scrap tolling for better public transport systems", "tolling = double taxation" and "Kill tolling, not the consumer".

The group will march to the transport and finance departments to hand over memorandums against e-tolling, City of Tshwane spokesperson Console Tleane said.

The Opposition for Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) called on all participants in the protest marches to refrain from violence and damage to property.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday reserved judgment on the future of the e-tolling system, following a challenge by Outa.

Like Outa, the Congress of SA Trade Unions wants e-tolls scrapped, saying workers cannot afford it and government must prioritise efficient, affordable public transport.

Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi called on other provinces to join the opposition to Gauteng's tolls.

- SAPA

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