Cosatu protests North West tolls

2012-05-11 16:26

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions will protest at the Swartruggens toll plaza on the N4 in North West on Friday.

The protest was to demand that the toll fee be reduced from R71 to R20, the union federation's North West provincial secretary Solly Phetoe said.

"We are in total opposition to the existence of this toll gate and its continued price hikes," he said.

The protest was scheduled to start at noon. Cosatu also wanted the construction of an alternative route parallel to the toll road, for the benefit of the poor.

It furthermore sought the immediate resumption of the repair work on the roads connecting Lindleyspoort and Boshoek, and Koster and Lichtenburg.

"We want to put it on record that the road that goes through Tlokweng and Pella is not an alternative to this road. It is the road that connects the two villages with Zeerust and Rustenburg, the towns where the people of these villages shop," Pheto said.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-05-11 18:05

    That toll road is a total disgrace especially for the people staying in Zeerust going either to Mmabatho or Lichtenburg.Myself as a Rustenburger who frequently use that route am also against that amount,its insane.

  • kgalalelo.malesele - 2012-05-12 08:27

    I have always wondered why just one toll gate will charge so much for some rundown road with no alternatives either. Mr Vavi I thank you so much, I know we all have faults but at least you are doing something, if ever you have once or twice looted. You and COSATU are really bringing hope to this beautiful country we all love so much and while we still there can our government also build to a good standard all the roads going to the borders of this country ESP Botswana, I feel they have been neglected to a point of fear that SANRAL will soon be coming up with another scheme to milk us again.

  • Victor Ramakoetsana - 2012-05-13 00:00

    ow yes i stand with Cosatu now looking at the routes between swartergeens and Tlokweng,Pella they are Deteriorating due to the influx of traffic that is avoiding the tolls.Why so much tarrif anyway can someone explain how did they come up to that figure.We hope it will be reviewed for the benefit of the masses.

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