Cosatu: Toll protests will be effective

2013-02-11 14:10

Pretoria - The series of "drive-slow protests" against e-tolls will eventually ensure the system is scrapped, Cosatu Gauteng provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said on Monday.

He told protesters in Pretoria that despite the poor attendance at the protest, a clear message of resistance would be sent to government.

"This action is going to be very effective. Here, we are not concerned about quantity, but quality," said Dakile.

"We are going to be driving very slowly. There is no rush today in South Africa. The main target today is the N4, R21, and the N1 [highways]," he said.

Cosatu provincial chairperson Phutas Tseki said further protests would be held around the province in future.

"We are saying to government, we the workers are not happy. The development of the transformation agenda is going astray from what we expected in 1994," he said.

"We had the view that we were going to have free education [and] free movement on the roads. Government now wants to exclude some sections of society from these roads."

Tseki said the labour federation hoped the transport department would "rescind its decision and review what they are saying".

The protest convoy, accompanied by different police units, caused massive congestion of traffic in Pretoria as protesters blocked busy junctions, such as the corner of Nelson Mandela Drive and Francis Baard Street.

The protest gathered momentum before 10:00 as the drive-slow fleet headed into the city centre from Marabastad, on the outskirts of Pretoria.

The protesters got out of their vehicles at the transport department offices, along Struben Street, and started singing and dancing.

Some were blowing vuvuzelas and waving placards.

Some of the placards read: "Stop highway robbery, smash the e-tolls”.

Others read, "Reclaim our nation's roads, demolish e-tolls, not people's houses".

The protest started at the old Putco bus depot in Pretoria's Marabastad in the morning and would head onto the N1 towards Johannesburg.

Last month, Dakile said the protest action would be carried out in other provinces as well to ensure it became a "national act".

On 25 January, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) leave to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Outa had applied to appeal a 13 December 2012, judgment, which dismissed its bid to have the electronic tolling of Gauteng's major roads scrapped.

  • melusi.myaluza - 2013-02-11 14:21

    Without wanting to sound racist,i won't mention colour,but some sections of the society are more vocal on their computers,u never see them toyi toying,and then they blame the government for not listening to the people,this government doesn't read news24 comments by u armchair critics,at least Cosatu and other races of this country are doing somethin which will benefit all races,u can just keep hating on your computers and not show up when it really matters,hypocrites!

      DJPotifar - 2013-02-11 14:30

      We don't do things that way.

      hein.huyser - 2013-02-11 14:55

      Melusi, not a lot of "love" coming from your pc is there? Now this is how things stand. Please educate us on how is driving slow on the highways going to effect SANRAL? In fact, the only thing that will happen is you coming later for work and losing money. I do not think Cosatu is serious and genuine aboutbstopping the toll happening. Call mea sceptic but thats my viewpoint After all, they stand to gain by the tolls. (investor =shares). What is certain is that this needs to be stopped, because it will surely bancrupt all of us. However, I'm open to be convinced on a workable plan against SANRAL and ultimately the government. For now, not buying the taggs seem to be the most sane method.

      theodore.t.craven - 2013-02-11 15:00

      I agree with you 100% always expect that someone else will do for their benefit.

      melusi.myaluza - 2013-02-11 15:06

      That's exactly what am talking about? It's all good to kick and scream infront of your computer,and see if the government actually cares,stop being self righteous and do something tangible and meaningful to register your grievances,maybe just maybe these blacks in government will take u seriously,otherwise keep hiding behind your PC's,in that case black man you are on your own!

      metrokomane - 2013-02-11 15:18

      What Melusi is saying is that we shouldn't just complain on a news site that nobody reads, excepts the same complainants but do something about what we complain about. We all know that E-tolls mean negative things to us as citizens if they go ahead but we don't refer our complaints to the relevant people. Instead we post on sites that govt never reads. Lets do something, sign petitions, call for a referendum or something but lets stop hiding behind pseudonyms while throwing vulgarities but actually do something worthwhile.

      SnowHonkey - 2013-02-11 15:22

      I see you are referring to white people in your comment. We don't toy-toy for a number of reasons. First and foremost, we don't toy-toy, because it is uncivil. We don't gather in numbers in peaceful protest either, because it always results in masses of blacks gathering to shoo the white devil away (remember the student subsidy march?) and it usually results in lots of injuries.

      SnowHonkey - 2013-02-11 15:24

      I promise you. If a large group of white people got together to march against e-tolling, every black in the area would charge in their direction with spears and knop-kerries shouting something about apartheid.

      marius.fourie.526 - 2013-02-11 15:27

      @melusi how many times has protest against government ended in damage to public property? Cars damaged and shop windows broken and looted. Forgot what happened in Sasolburg. There was a meeting in Centurion a few months back where you could ask questions and raise concerns about e-toll. The government reps was rude and did not answer any questions. So are we not prepare to do anything or are the government dictators? As DJ said....we do not do things that way (violence)

      melusi.myaluza - 2013-02-11 16:25

      @DJ and Marius,please tell me how do u do things to effectively carry your points across,is it safe to assume that it's not that u don't do things that way,the fact is u do nothing at all!

      marius.fourie.526 - 2013-02-11 16:52

      @melusi I was waiting for that reply. You see the main problem is not Sanral or E-toll. That is but a small little spinoff of the bigger problem. It is the sheep that voted for our distinguished and honorable corrupted leader called !@#$%. If you take all the people that protested for various reasons over the past decade and get some braincells into them we can vote the !@#$% out. Thats what a democracy is about. Pls go and see in Africa countries what happens when violence becomes the nr1 answer. We don't do nothing we go the voting polls but unfortunately the are way to many sheep. Everything could have been stopped a long time ago with intellect, but there is a huge lack of it. So melusi are you part of the sheep?

      Charnelle - 2013-02-11 17:30

      With reference to the previous march where the DA was banned. Geuss why white people dont march, your not allowed to if your not a ANC fan.

      melusi.myaluza - 2013-02-11 17:54

      @marius,what a shallow response from the self proclaimed intellect u purport yourself to be,fact is blacks(sheep) brought the country on knees dodging apartheid police and soldiers bullets,no matter how hard the government of that time tried to silence them,they just never gave,in short,blacks(sheep) will bring down their own government whatever it takes if needs be,but since we are a rainbow nation now and a bit(read bit) more civilized violence will be at its minimal levels if the blacks(sheep) choose to lie down and die and just buy e tags,but also remember that the opposite is also true because they might choose to ignore their own government and cause more mayhem and violence if they are ignored,which s where we heading right now,in short we all have to fight against etolls together because at the end they affect all of us,but its your democratic right not to participate and resort to name calling of the only people who are willing to challenge their own government,anyways whites never protested against their white government and I wouldn't seriously expect to see them protesting now neither,either way the people shall govern!

      marius.fourie.526 - 2013-02-11 18:16

      @melusi no need to get angry my friend. If you remember correctly, the whites voted the apartheid government out in 1992. 68% of the whites voted against apartheid. Voted yes for transformation. So the whites did protest, at the voting polls. I do not know how do you apply civilized violence if we take the history in consideration. Sasolburg Marikana. Look Melusi to be honest I hope you succeed 'cause I'm going to benefit from it. The point I want to make is today it is e-toll and tomorrow it is something else. We are merely kicking the can down the street where the root of the problem lies right at the top. I hope you have a great evening and pls don't throw stones at my car next time you protest. I worked hard to afford it. (Just a joke)

      melusi.myaluza - 2013-02-11 18:21

      Not to worry,the sheep will make sure u enjoy the benefit of free Gauteng roads,just don't drive near them when they protest,u know what might happen to your expensive car( not joking)!

      martin.melzer.378 - 2013-02-11 18:39

      Hey man, this is really funny. The ANC with its anti white racism and its black majority support, is leading the country down the path to ruin. Now you are criticizing white people for not actively opposing the ANC in the streets. Are you f.... mad?? and the ANC.

      peter.woods.142 - 2013-02-11 20:56

      Melusi, think , if you can. I don't see any marches against rape , why is this? There was a march against a painting of zuma's penis, one placard spoke of blasphemy, why is this? No real need to march for tolls, just don't buy the tag, simple.

  • paul.kershaw.18 - 2013-02-11 14:22

    Looks like its going to be left up to the Non-Compliance of Joe & Joan Public to break this e-toll monster down.......

      hein.huyser - 2013-02-11 15:07

      Paul, if handled properly the outcome of the combined resistance will mean a lot for us as South Africans. The time is near where we will, to survive have to stand as a collective against tyrany and dictatorship. See this as a sort of test-run. If we can overcome sanral in this, we can overcome, as a collective, bad government. I trust that enough vehicle owners and taxi owners will not budge under political pressure. What is for sure, is that the non purchase of the taggs for now seem to be our best option.

  • bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 14:30

    Driving slowly will damage the roads, which will increase the toll. Stop your nonsense Cosatu. You are the second biggest political party, let's keep politics out of it

      hein.huyser - 2013-02-11 14:59

      Bafana, you serious? Driving slow = less friction last time I checked. As for Cosatu being a serious player, thats for sure, but they have invested into this sanral scheme therefore they will benefit if it goes ahead. Any positive, realistic suggestions must be considered because this toll scheme will bancrupt all of us

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 15:31

      Driving slow = longer time on the surface so more friction. Simple biology, didnt you do science???

      SnowHonkey - 2013-02-11 15:32

      Biology???? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!! Slower = Less friction.. Lmfao. Nobody is this stupid. You, sir, are a troll.

      TeeM - 2013-02-11 15:44

      Driving slow = longer time on the surface so more friction. Simple biology, didnt you do science??? LMAO----My daughter is 6 and she can tell you what friction is....

      unclejb.vansiths - 2013-02-11 15:50

      Hahahahaha Bafana did you just say Biology? Best laugh i've had all day

      Xavier7034 - 2013-02-11 16:09

      @bafana Science 101: Biology = The science that studies living organisms Science = Study of the physical and natural world using theoretical models and data from experiments or observation Stupidity = A poor ability to understand or to profit from experience

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 16:32

      Tar is made from biological material

      SnowHonkey - 2013-02-11 18:21

      I award you with the trophy of retard of the year. *applause*

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 20:32

      Are you saying that no biological processes took place when the road was created? The same biological friction is damaging the roads

      SnowHonkey - 2013-02-11 23:31

      LMFAO @ biological friction. Dude. Please. Stop talking. You're making a fool out of yourself.

  • theodore.t.craven - 2013-02-11 15:02

    I agree Melusi always hope that someone will do what they should be standing for all talk and no action make joe and jane public a rather poor show

      victor.mendes1 - 2013-02-11 15:16

      Problem Theodore is that the public out cry plus helping OUTA plus protests have not stopped scamrals or ancs drive to shove this down our throats. Bottom line is taking to the streets means nothing to them as they just don't care. Non-compliance is our best weapon but then they will just load our fuel levy to get the money!

  • ayanda.sithole2 - 2013-02-11 15:52

    people living in gauteng let us all rally behind cosatu and all that are opposing E-Tolling. the gauteng government must listen to the people who have put them in power, WE DO NOT WANT E-TOLLING PERIOD....

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2013-02-11 16:02

    E-Toll is a cANCer that will cause people to die from. Just do not pay. The taxes we pay to fix badly potholed roads e.g in the Vorna Valley area Midrand even if I do not live there, are simply not being used efficiently. Infact the conditions are SO BAD that engine mountings have broken off vehicles that could not avoid the potholes.

      Melanie Pretorius - 2013-02-11 17:07

      U should try and drive in Buccleuch+ old Pta rd-u need a 4x4 !

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2013-02-11 16:33

    Just not going to comply with sanral & the anc puppet masters and get tagged, this white boy is going to give the tolls the middle finger every day - civil disobedience - my way – noncompliance. And there are many others that will do exactly the same as I. It will fail.

  • godfrey.chatira - 2013-02-11 16:35

    No to e-tolls pliz.the government must resolve some better issue like poverty eradication and zero tolerance to corruption.why spending billions to this road saga.Ahoy maComrades

  • manie.steenkamp - 2013-02-12 22:25

    @Melusi, maybe there is something that will work.Cosatu must promise the ANC that he will urge his members not to vote for the ANC during the election of 2014.

  • manie.steenkamp - 2013-02-12 22:30

    @Melusi. Maybe there is something that will work. Cosato must promise the ANC that he will urge his members not to vote for them during the forthcoming election in 2014.

  • Anna Mamparra - 2013-05-23 13:03

    Well the simple fact is that if you can avoid the toll roads do so. BUT what are the alternatives? E-toll isnt a race thing - although we could blame apartheid i suppose... but hey ANC rule dont they?

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