Camel joins Gauteng tolling protest

2012-03-29 08:28

Johannesburg - A camel joined caravaners and motorcyclists at the Ultra City on the N1 highway between Pretoria and Johannesburg on Thursday morning ahead of a protest against electronic tolling.

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

Johann van der Merwe, also known as "Mal Jan", from Jacaranda 94.2's breakfast show, arrived at the garage on the highway in Centurion dressed in Saudi Arabian attire riding the camel.

He said he had heard about the caravans coming and brought his camel for water, but did not know what the protest was about.

Police were on hand to escort the convoy down the highway towards Johannesburg. The protest was expected to interrupt peak hour traffic.

'Immoral and unacceptable'

FF Plus spokesperson Anton Alberts on Thursday morning said the idea behind the protest was to make sure that a "certain section" of the population was heard, not just the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

"There are certain organisations and sections of the population who are still unhappy with the tolling system and we also want to encourage other sections of the population, other political parties and civil organisations to come out and hold various actions on their own," he said.

"Collectively these actions send a very strong message to Parliament and government that this system is immoral and unacceptable."

Alberts said it imposed an additional tax on people who could not afford it anymore.

"People pay enough taxes. If you see how much taxes are wasted because of corruption, we are talking about R20bn a year. If that problem is tackled in a very extensive and comprehensive manner, that saving could have paid for these roads, and they wouldn't need to impose a new tax."

Alberts said it was the start of a series of protests which would happen throughout April.

He said only two caravans would be used during the protest because they didn't want to obstruct too much traffic.

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  • Gareth - 2012-03-29 08:38

    There are certain organisations and sections of the population who are still unhappy with the tolling system......... Bull Sh&%.. We are all unhappy.

      Sarel - 2012-03-29 09:28

      Except the taxi's! They can use the same lovely roads without paying! Why should they be excluded? Not fair!

      Massey - 2012-03-29 09:35

      I Agree with Sarel. They use the roads even more than what we do, they should pay like everyone.

  • MornĂ© - 2012-03-29 08:39

    This is serious to us al but now 94.2 comes and make this all a joke and circus. we want our voice to be heard and taken up seriously, what are 94.2 thinking ?? they are just there for their marketing. Use another way of marketing 94.2 this is our money government are taking and you are taking the pi....... with Mal Jan. get real !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Massey - 2012-03-29 09:22

      Chill Bietjie Morne.

      Felix - 2012-03-29 09:25

      Bet he gets more exposure for the movement than you do.

      Rudie - 2012-03-29 09:41

      Morne het gedink hy kan "Camel toe" sien. Sorry man.

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-03-29 11:00

      Yeah Morne' I don't think you quite understand. It's not like he was wearing a huge 94.2 banner on his camel. And to be quite honest if not for my father-in-law listening to 94.2 and this camel story coming up. I wouldn't even have known about the protest. So it actually promoted the awareness of the subject.

  • Herbert - 2012-03-29 08:45

    A mobile speed hump? 10/10 for the Gauteng Legislature!!!!

  • Marion - 2012-03-29 08:45

    Publicise your other protest action more widely next time!! Since when do we worry about what disruption is caused in a protest? All it says is that your protest is not supported. Bring on the entire caravan and motor cycle clubs of south africa. And all the AA vehicles. And and and...

  • Morama - 2012-03-29 08:55

    The "Gravy brigade" would never change it's mind on this one because they are fully aware that they milked their cow enough and very soon would be dry so they are creating other alternatives to continue with their thieveness!!! ANC sucks!!!

  • PieterWolf - 2012-03-29 08:58

    Slip in a couple of bulldosers and pull the structures down.....

      valcooperRSA - 2012-03-29 14:08

      Now there's a plan

  • Gavin - 2012-03-29 09:25

    I hear that Sanrel and Government are handing out free tubs of KY Jelly, it makes it a lot easier for them to #$%^ you in the a##. Im going to drive slow and hold up the traffic just to spite everyone. Make it unbearable to travel on the highway, F^&*% the ANC, they suck!!!!!!

  • robqb - 2012-03-29 09:31

    Stick around, this is only the beginning. Where are our licence fees, fuel taxes etc going. listening to 567 the other day I heard that around 50% of vehicle prices are tax! Where the hell are all these "taxes" going to? Whose pockets if not to the places for which they were intended?!

      Artur - 2012-03-29 10:58

      This is true, if you tried to import a vehicle before the taxes come up to 104% of the vehicles value, i did hear a rumor though that they are changing it at the end of the month to 26%, so you can get any car in as long as its RHD and only now pay 26%

  • Cpo - 2012-03-29 09:37

    @Sarel,taxis are exempted because they are deemed as means of transport for people who earn low income and I'm one of them,maybe you should start using a taxi, its stress free>I leave my car@home&catch a taxi to work everyday> no stress baba try it>>>>

  • Frank - 2012-03-29 10:13

    If the fuel price continues going the way it is we will all be riding camels.

      Cpo - 2012-03-29 11:40

      Go for a taxi,bra Frank>>>

  • Dhavandran - 2012-03-29 11:09

    praveen gordhan is responsible for this mess, because from his days in sars to present he managed to loot the honest taxpaying citizens so that his comrades were tempted by this increase in revenue and knowing that they don't have the necessary know how on how to provide services, so they helped themselves to this cash.all the fines being paid by co-operates for price fixing should be used for,education,health and infrastructure,but no it is taken as a bonus by our corrupt any short fall in the budget is referred to us honest taxpayers to foot the bill.come on praveen impart some of your knowledge to your comrades to be honest and get on with service delivery then maybe we citizens would be able to save some money.i pity the people of kzn because they have to put up by being the highest payers for tolls, mv licensing and the pot holes.praveen you are responsible for the corruption in your govt because you let your thieving comrades to get away with it.

  • Tawizee - 2012-03-29 11:55

    I'm getting myself a "water" powered camel.

  • Bruce - 2012-03-29 14:46

    Was the camel e-tagged?

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