Cosatu's e-toll protest to go ahead

2013-05-24 07:12

Johannesburg - Cosatu plans to go ahead with a go-slow protest against e-tolling on Friday, despite failed attempts at getting permission.

On Thursday night, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court dismissed an application by the trade union federation for authorisation on the highway motorcade.

Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven said the protest would go ahead, despite the ruling.

"We will be going ahead with the protest...We urge all people to assemble at Cosatu house tomorrow [Friday] at 08:00."

The union federation approached the court after failing to get permission from the Johannesburg metro police.

Law enforcement agencies on standby

Metro police chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said authorisation was not granted because at Cosatu's previous motorcade, protesters had stopped and walked along freeways, which was in contravention of the National Road Traffic Act.

Minnaar said all law enforcement agencies would be on standby on Friday to ensure the protest did not go ahead.

Earlier this week, Cosatu's Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said the planned motorcade was to be held on the M1 north, N1 south, N12, and M2 north highways in Johannesburg.

In December, the N3 highway was briefly closed when protesting motorists parked their cars sideways and started dancing on the road during a similar drive-slow motorcade.

Electronic tolling is due to be implemented soon.

On 11 April, the SA National Roads Agency Limited announced it would be rolled out within the next two months.

In April last year, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) an interdict approving a full judicial review before e-tolling could be put into effect.

The interdict prevented Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of the review. Sanral and the National Treasury appealed the court order.

In September, the Constitutional Court set aside the interim order, and in December the North Gauteng High Court dismissed Outa's application to scrap e-tolling.

On 25 January, the court granted Outa leave to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein.

The SCA hearing will take place in September.

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2013-05-24 07:16

    Hope it turns chaotic just so that Zuma can see what happens when a government no longer listens to or consider the opinions and also the finances of the people they are supposed to represent!

      Marc Ross - 2013-05-24 07:54

      Anthony you should speak to your doctor, help is available. I'm not joking. You don't sound old and there are many years ahead, they can be good years but you need help.

      Patrick Buckley - 2013-05-24 07:58

      Fully agree Kobus! This whole ordeal is the most perfect example of a government that is totally incapable of thinking consequentially!

      Mike Mike - 2013-05-24 08:20

      support them in this fight.

      Thabang Bonang - 2013-05-24 10:38

      COSATU marches then what? It changes nothing. At least OUTA managed to delay the implimentation and I hope they can win in court. Unfortunately it costs a lot to fight government in court which uses our money to fight us in court.

  • Vaughan - 2013-05-24 07:29

    COSATU just had a press conference that they have abandoned the go-slow. Where does News24 come up with this article?

      Hayley Fredericks - 2013-05-24 07:44

      Exactly. And it was on the radio news this morning saying they will "respect the law of SA" and if the Court said they couldn't then they wont. They will postpone it....

      Kobus Hattingh - 2013-05-24 07:52

      If they back down now thinking that they will in future get permission, they are sadly mistaken. Just press ahead with it...

  • Matthew Collier - 2013-05-24 07:30

    The JMPD has never worried about pedestrians on the high ways before so why use that as a reason to prevent the protest? Very hypocritical of them!

      Ellmari Wroe - 2013-05-24 08:36

      ... nor has it bother them that there are a lot of other rules of the road that are not being followed .... at any time .....

  • Dermsa Masedi - 2013-05-24 07:31

    say no to e toll guys

  • Heinrich Etsebeth - 2013-05-24 07:32

    Not really that difficult to stop traffic at this time of day. Takes one car to slow down in the middle lane until he almost stops and traffic will back up for the next 3 hours. What they should rather organize is a mass action aimed at hindering these politicians from getting into their homes. Go protest in front of their homes.

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-05-24 07:42

      And get shot Heinrich . Ate their homes like zumas a national key point ? These are very fat important tenderpreneurs remember ?

  • LĂ©viter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-05-24 07:40

    STEP DOWN JACOB or be flung out worse than you orchestrated for Thabo Mbeki SOUTH AFRICA cannot afford to lurch from disaster to scandal under your imbecilic plan and route and collection of tribal fiends any longer hear the people chanting loudly - VERY LOUDLY

  • Elsie Palmer - 2013-05-24 08:16

    If the so called president Zuma will take action against the thing that hurt South Africa and its people. I would be a proud South African but its Poor Zuma this, oh I'm innocent, poor Zuma that I didn't so it poor Zuma. I want to vomit just seeing and hearing his name.

  • Sean Tucker - 2013-05-24 08:21

    What's the point of having a law system in a country when people don't observe it. Where are these idiot's heads? The SA economy is in a downward spiral because of all the Union action. They're going to kill this economy unless the government starts implementing Margaret Thatcherism and kills them completely. Then they'll have no control AT ALL. Wake and smell the pile of crap you're causing Union bosses in your luxury estates.

  • DerekMain - 2013-05-24 08:21

    I'm not sure why they are bothering with getting permission - the actions of the cANCer government are criminal. This is no longer just corruption, it's outright plunder. They can see the writing on the wall and want to take as much as they can while the going is good. It's time for civil disobedience. It's time the politicians learn that we, the people, tell them, our representatives, what to do - not the other way around. Viva Civil Disobedience, viva! Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • Aaron Larry Chaava - 2013-05-24 08:29

    Yay, i get to sell my over priced jet packs!

  • Angie Masilela - 2013-05-24 08:59

    if we can all support COSATU for once try to stick together , this is not about black or white peps it affect us all but some of us just sit back and keep on complaining, together we can bring some changes in this country.

  • Marco Burger - 2013-05-24 10:33

    Cosatu being a stake holder in etollie will not cripple it's cash cow

  • Marius Botha - 2013-05-24 12:00

    I wish I could be there for the march man it would have been awesome to stop this day-light robbery. i support you guys all the way with the march

  • Sello Moumakoe - 2013-05-24 18:29

    people of ds country we dnt need the kaak e-tolling sh**t

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