Ndebele to get tolls petition
Johannesburg - A joint petition against the planned Gauteng highway
tolling system will be sent to Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele within 14
days, the Gauteng legislature said on Monday.
Spokesman Sithembele Tshwete said the organisations
behind the petition included the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the SA
National Civic Organisation, the SA National NGO Coalition, the SA
Transport and Allied Workers Union, and the Democratic Alliance.
A public hearing in Johannesburg on Friday heard
several bodies and members of the public calling for the tolling system
to be scrapped.
The petition would form part of a campaign to resist the tolling system set to come into effect in February.
Tshwete said the Gauteng legislature would organise a
meeting between the provincial transport department and the petitioners
to discuss the development of public transport.
It would also table a report on last week's hearing to be debated in the legislature.
The African National Congress caucus in the Gauteng
legislature said in a statement that submissions made at the public
hearing would help find a solution that favoured all those concerned.
Chief whip Brian Hlongwa thanked the petitions
committee led by Jacob Khawe for a smooth process and Gauteng residents
"The contributions will also assist immensely, members
of the house to debate on informed views and submissions, should the
matter be proposed for debate in the house again."
On Friday, the Gauteng petition standing committee
heard that the high cost of the tolls would increase the costs of doing
business in the province.
It also heard how the SA National Roads Agency Limited
(Sanral) continued to register motorists for electronic tolling tags
while public hearings were still underway.
Cosatu's Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said during the hearing the tolls would affect workers the most.
"Already, some companies have indicated that should the tolls be implemented they are going to retrench workers."
Dakile said Cosatu was prepared to take to the streets to have its demands met.