Convoy protest against tolls starts

2012-03-29 07:26

Pretoria - A protest convoy against e-tolling with cars, towed caravans, motorcycles and other vehicles will take place on Thursday morning on the highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The protest, held under the banners of the Freedom Front Plus, the National Taxpayers' Union, the SA Caravan Association and various motorbike clubs, left for Johannesburg from the Shell Ultra City on the Ben Schoeman Highway at 07:00.

"We want to force government to scrap the toll system completely. The government has to understand that the public's opposition against the system will not go away," FF+ spokesperson Anton Alberts said on Tuesday.

More protests

"We believe that the general protest will also carry the seed for the systematic development of a general tax protest against exorbitant taxes and poor service delivery," said Alberts.

More protests were being planned until the end of April, when e-tolling was scheduled to start.

"There will be various collections at busy intersections where motorists will be asked to make a donation toward funding legal action in exchange for a protest sticker," he said.

Cabinet recently gave the nod for e-tolling on Gauteng freeways around Johannesburg and Pretoria.

With effect from April 30, motorcycles with e-tags will pay 20c/km and those without, 38 cents. Light motor vehicles will pay 30 cents and 58 cents respectively, and non-articulated trucks 75 cents and R1.45.

Articulated trucks with e-tags will pay R1.51/km, and those without R2.90. The cost for motorcycles and light vehicles will be capped at R550 a month.

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  • bluzulu - 2012-03-29 07:32

    Nice to see , Democracy at work. The common man/woman must have a say in Governance.

      Cecile - 2012-03-29 07:53

      Well said.

      Art - 2012-03-29 07:53

      Do you think ALL 16 cars, one pulling a caravan and 8 Motorcycles are going to cause an Impact? Caravan is only there because it's on his way to Warmbaths....and happened to co-incidently be in the wrong place at the right time! 'Kuk en Betaal' is the motto for the "NEW" South Africa

      Consolata - 2012-03-29 08:40

      I think that we all need to stand together against this e-toll thing and look towards the nigerians for inspiration. When their goverment tried doubling the price of fuel, all nigerians young and old sat on the streets or stayed at home and no one went to work or school. It hurt the nigerian goverment where they would feel it most- their pockets. We need to show the goverment that we mean business!

  • MichelleRamsaySA - 2012-03-29 07:33

    I support this protest 100%. If I lived in JHB, I would be part of that protest right now..

  • cassblack - 2012-03-29 07:39

    When are we doing this for Cape Town. We can start before R300 turnoff all the way to Cape Town. This Triple Taxation Twak has to stop now. Damn, and it's not like the money is getting to where it's intended.

      Compos - 2012-03-29 08:17

      Oh I thought this road blocking protest is happening every morning on the roads in Cape Town.

  • Herman - 2012-03-29 07:43

    Does the government care? Will they adhere to our protests, or, has their attitude of "we rule, you pay" totally detached them from the taxpayer.

      Nosiphom - 2012-03-29 07:54

      We should not give up. In Nigeria they succeeded - fuel subsidies reinstated. In Kenya the health professionals got their way. We will only fail if some of us go to buy e-tags and comply. Then the govt. will have succeeded in dividing us and ruling us, and that is what they are banking upon. Too many of us have too much to lose to risk anything - hence the arrogance. They know, they are not dumb.

  • Mattewis - 2012-03-29 07:46

    Even before the start of e-tolling, news of profiteering and money leaving our country has surfaced! If there is a worthy cause, I think this is it. This protest definitely has my blessing. Let's see if News24 readers can make this the most commented news article!?

  • Lee-Ann - 2012-03-29 07:53

    An extra R500 to a R2000 petrol bill every month. How nice. If we had a proper reliable functioning public transport system in this country and people could use it without hesitation, I don't think there would have been so much protest, but people need to get to work on time and sitting on a train station till 7pm is really not ideal if the trains are late one has a family waiting at home for you, therefore people use their cars as this mode of transport has proven to be most reliable. The people who make these dumb decisions are clearly not in the situation on a daily basis. Maybe they should try standing on a station from 6am on a cold wet winters morning to get to work on time, only to have your train show up at 7h30

      Norman - 2012-03-29 08:21

      Well said Lee-Ann.

      valcooperRSA - 2012-03-29 13:43

      @lee-ann....the people who make these decisions...use blue lights...and plow their way through

  • Warwick - 2012-03-29 07:54

    I'm sorry I cannot join you guys today, I have not got tagged and never will, I will fight the anc & sanral all the way, never give in and never agree to their taxation. I see Nazi-ali as an anc cadre & therefore incompetent to have my hard earned money at his disposal. To hell with the tolls & John Robbie, 94.7 & radio 702 for supoorting them.

      Marion - 2012-03-29 08:19

      I didn't know they were supporting them but, like you, I say to hell with all of them.

  • Marlene - 2012-03-29 07:54

    One can almost guarantee Government and 'Blue Light Brigade' won't be paying. They will probabky call it 'employees discount'!!!

  • jody.beggs - 2012-03-29 07:57

    Damn the man.

  • Marion - 2012-03-29 08:01

    Here's hoping that this protest receives significant support too. Can't make it, but with them in spirit.

  • Cherise - 2012-03-29 08:03

    All for it!! We need to start standing together against all this nonsense. And all the people saying it's not going to help, if we all had that attitude it would never help!! Start standing up for rights! It worked in America, no reason it can't work here.

      Yvette - 2012-03-29 10:50

      Standing together??? were you at the protest???

  • Lunga Matholeni - 2012-03-29 08:03

    i feel these protests are a waste of time, all that's needed is to uproot these structures, we need to pull them down and take the valuable metals to the scrap yard..

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-03-29 08:04

    Finally this regime gave people amongst all races an reason to stand together.

  • schalkjburger - 2012-03-29 08:06

    the only way News24 will give this proper coverage, is if their favourite personality gets involved. News24 is Julius' personal publicity if you want this issue covered, get him to go stand there and protest the toll. Face it, for as long as you doing something under the banner of the FF+, you're going to be laughed at and ignored.

      schalkjburger - 2012-03-29 08:12

      if anyone actually planned this properly, they would have done it so that all highways leading to OR Tambo is blocked (by all the people, not just the white minority)...on a day that our President and his entourage had to fly off somewhere...THAT would get attention.

      J-Man - 2012-03-29 08:23

      "doing something under the banner of the FF+, you're going to be laughed at and ignored." - I tend to agree, I'm afraid. "THAT would get attention." - and people arrested and probably shot.

      Marion - 2012-03-29 08:24

      I agree with you. The sooner these protests are held under the banner of 'Concerned Citizens' or something similar, the better. Until then they will all be fragmented because people don't want to be seen to be supporting a certain party etc., And of course those organizing them just have to be seen as our saviours!!

  • Mark - 2012-03-29 08:09

    If you cancelled your DSTV subscription you would be able to afford the R550 a month quite easily. ;)

      Ricardo - 2012-03-29 08:36

      You are missing the point.

      Norman - 2012-03-29 11:32

      sorry Mark, but hey sit down man

  • Trevor - 2012-03-29 08:10

    If everybody did not buy e-tags and refused to pay the e-tolls then government would have no choice but to scrap the tolling because they have neither the capacity nor the ability to Police this sort of movement. We have no choice but to use these highways which we paid for anyway in our fuel taxes in our private vehicles because there is no reliable or safe public transport system. This is just another tool for government officials to embezzle money and take more R3m holidays; Private planes; and R16m Homes. This is "Highway Robbery"

  • Peter - 2012-03-29 08:11

    I am a bit pissed off at the organisation. Personally any objection to etolling needs to be supported and had I been informed in advance, I would have been there. But to only hear about this the evening before the event on E News does not give much time to plan to participate, i.e. take time off work, etc...

      Marion - 2012-03-29 08:28

      Agree with you that there was no coverage / marketing for the protest. Could have been circulated widely on fb and twitter for a good while too. These people must learn to use social networking sites to get word out, not rely on the media.

  • Norman - 2012-03-29 08:16

    I still want to know who is FOR this crazy idea of e-toll besides few individuals in government who want to bargain because it is clear that the masses DO NOT WANT THIS THING. For once opposition parties speak one voice. Please scrap this thing.

      Cpo - 2012-03-29 09:15

      @Norman, there is no ways that opposition parties are going to stand together on this,you know why?coz most of them are greedy,they like to occupy centre stage when views are expressed,if opposition parties were interested in this they would've mobilised some time ago,not thinking about it now when we are on a countdown to the end of April 2012,do u seriously think government is going to change its stance of e-tolling? think again>>

  • wynand.vanloggerenberg - 2012-03-29 08:20

    Wanted to register but all their offices are still closed

  • Jayson - 2012-03-29 08:40

    This is so wrong. We pay tax every month, car license's once a year. Now we must pay a capped R550 a month. I may be wrong but as far as I know the constitution gives every South African the freedom of movement. Hence the debate of boomed off residential areas. Where is the freedom of being forced to pay these fees. somebody's wallet is going to get lekker fat.

  • Bluemast - 2012-03-29 08:47

    The flashing blue light brigade lane is free anyway, so why would the government care a damn about the man on the street?

  • Zing - 2012-03-29 09:05

    Unfortunately all they will achieve is to make the drive even worse for the regular commuters today. The impact is wasted on the people who are just as affected by the tolls as these protesters. I'm not a big fan of the FF+, but sadly this will just end up in negative publicity for them. We should find ways of making an impact on this stoopit e-toll where it will be noticed.

  • Cpo - 2012-03-29 09:06

    People lets stop bluffing ourselves,from where I am standing, the honest truth is; this battle is not winnable period,there is no ways that the government is going to change its mind on an opportunity to make money out of affording citizens> I was supporting the scrapping of e-tolls right from the start but currently something tells me its going to be implemented on a proposed date, even COSATU stance will slowly die off and I am adamant about this. Ask me on the 1st of May 2012>>

  • Martin - 2012-03-29 09:20

    Right... use the roads without paying for it. Its not a human right to have access to highways. If the e-toll does not go through, everyone, including South African's not living in Gauteng will end up paying a hell of a lot more tax. The solution is right there, exempt commuter transport, discount cars that have passengers (like car-pool lanes, which can be policed by available technology. Most of all, exempt all trucks that have picked up or delivered cargo at a train station in the last 12 hours.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-03-29 10:15

    Protest organised by FF+ is done using cars, trucks, bikes, caravans hahahaha. Interesting indeed. hope u add a little bit of toy-toy songs there to complete it.

  • Yvette - 2012-03-29 11:06

    For those of you who use these roads everyday and did so before the highways were upgraded should be able to remember how long it used to take to get to work!! Now how would you feel if SANRAL barriered off the extra lanes? I for 1 and proberbly the only 1 am happy to pay for the convenience. It saves me time and it is alot safer.

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-03-29 13:54

    Money has to be paid back into the Governments Employees Pension fund......I don't see any Government Employees protesting about the fact that their money was used......What a shame....that the powers that be have stooped to such a low level....stealing from their is normally the other way round.......So will this E-Tolling go ahead.....taking into consideration.....that once the Pension Fund has been paid back....I see lots of money for jam for the powers that be....and also expect E-Tolling to be rolled out in all provinces....because making free money has never been easier

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-29 14:29

    Maybe we should also start burning down things, like toll gates.

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