ANC loses 30 000 potential votes because of etolls – union

2013-10-11 08:21

The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) will not vote for the ANC in next year’s elections because of its involvement in e-tolling.

“We are ... spreading the word among our 30 000 members that the only way to make it clear that we are not happy with the way the country is governed, is to vote for an alternative party,” Nupsaw general secretary Success Mataitsane said in a statement.

“Central to our decision was to continue our fight against e-tolling and to contemplate a protest march to the office of President Jacob Zuma.”

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein dismissed the latest challenge by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance to e-tolling of Gauteng’s freeways.

The court’s decision was met with mixed reaction, with Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi welcoming the news.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions, the Democratic Alliance, the Automobile Association of SA, the Freedom Front Plus, Agang SA and the Economic Freedom Fighters were disappointed by the ruling.

On September 25, Zuma signed into law the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, paving the way for e-tolling.

Mataitsane said Nupsaw could not allow the privatisation of roads.

“The unilateral implementation of new acts reminds strongly of the way the previous regime has governed this country and of the old apartheid laws that were only defeated by civil disobedience,” Mataitsane said.

“We will therefore continue to resist e-tolling ... and to punish the offending political party by voting against it in the national elections.”

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