E-tolling: Road closures for Cosatu march

2012-11-30 08:28

Johannesburg - Motorists in Tshwane and Johannesburg must expect road closures during a march against e-tolling by Cosatu on Friday.

The marchers would gather at about 09:30 at the corner of Sophie De Bruyn and Johannes Ramokhoase streets in Pretoria.

The group would go to the transport and finance departments to hand over memorandums against e-tolling in Gauteng, City of Tshwane spokesperson Console Tleane said.

The protest was expected to finish at the City Hall at about 14:00.

In Johannesburg, marchers would begin to arrive at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown from 09:00, metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

They would proceed to Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office in Simmonds Street, the transport department in Pritchard Street, and the housing department in Sauer Street, to hand over memorandums.

Cosatu had organised the march with the aim of having e-tolling scrapped. The marchers were also protesting against the demolition of illegally-built houses in Lenasia earlier this month.

Future of the e-toll system

"Government calls on marchers to exercise their right to protest within the ambit of the law," government spokesperson Thabo Masebe said.

Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile had threatened that the union federation's members would demolish the toll gantries if the government did not scrap the system.

Speaking to EyeWitness News on Thursday morning Dakile however said what he had meant was that government officials who tore down houses in Lenasia should also tear down the gantries.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said Friday's protest was just the beginning.

"On the 6th of December we are not only going to march, but give the government a little dose of what to expect in March if they pass that law and try to force implementation of the e-tolls," he said.

The High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday reserved judgment on the future of the e-toll system.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-11-30 08:31

    Give sanral hell - don't be tolled.

      frederick.kaczynski - 2012-11-30 09:07

      tolled for what? the bumpiest "road improvement" in the world? the germans would have torn up the entire N1 and rebuilt it simply out of shame.

  • thandopatrick.mdingi - 2012-11-30 08:42

    First of all they were suppose to alert the public before even implementing e-toll!

  • robes.spear - 2012-11-30 08:51

    I will be there! Everyone must support.

  • bbooyse - 2012-11-30 08:53

    Shouldn't COSATU 'peacefully' protest closer to the E-Toll gates? ;)

      Blackpoison - 2012-11-30 09:07

      That's coming. 6 Dec is the date for it though I doubt that it's going to be peaceful...

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-11-30 10:24

      Ooh it is going to be peaceful alright...

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-30 08:58

    Do not vandalize the e-tolls.

      werner.nel.712 - 2012-11-30 09:07

      Bad attempt at trolling....

      Blackpoison - 2012-11-30 09:08

      Why not?

      Forgotten - 2012-11-30 09:46

      Why not!!! These e-tolls are a load of crap!! I can promise you this if someone decides to break them down, no one in their right mind will miss them

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-11-30 09:00

    Ag be serious Cosatu and stop supporting the ANC.

  • fikile.khoza - 2012-11-30 09:07

    this Cosatu are acting as people who are against this etoll, they knew from the beginning before this gantries we built unlike us the public who were only informed about it when they need our money, i do not trust this COSATU they are just playing us they have shares in this etoll now they want to be super hero who are on the public hell with them for the record I will not buy this etag

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-11-30 09:13

    M against etoll bt won't be fooled by COSATU friend of ANC a two timing coward..1st u support Spearman 4 second term away with COSATU n SACP

  • eland.snitbul - 2012-11-30 09:13

    I'm not a big fan of COSATU but I'll surely support this... SANRAL is trying to recover from all the corruption by implementing more taxes on the middle class.. rather use the tax on fuel to repair our roads even if that means getting off the gravy train SANRAL.

  • Dougir - 2012-11-30 09:17

    First time I think I have agreed with a Cosatu protest. Send the gantries back to where they came from!

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-11-30 09:26

    I support this march, but I pray that they do not burn tyres and destroy public property and that no one human being is injured and killed during this march.

      stephen.khaile - 2012-11-30 09:35

      I also support the strike for cosatu does our goverment not gaining enough from the people, this system of taxing people no matter how poor they are,really this is not fair.

  • jairaj.sureschandra - 2012-11-30 09:43

    In the past we were oppressed racially. Today we are oppressed financially. Both the NP and the ANC are, in my opinion, opressive governments. An opressive government is, amongst others, a tyrannical one, destined for collapse. Many countries on the top of Africa have spoken and they still speak today about freedom from oppression. The ANC should learn the lesson from the NP and from our fellow Africans, take the people's concerns seriously and once again release us from oppression. By the way oppression means, " keep in subjection and hardship, cause to feel distressed or anxious. " Oppressive means, " harsh and authoritarian." Do these words describe the ANC's current policies on taxation ..........

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-30 10:05

    Burn them Down VAvi!!

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-11-30 10:26

    Viva Vavi viva!!!!

  • MogosiMagabe - 2012-11-30 12:08

    Political posturing or rather rebellion led by Cosatu and supported mainly by employer organisations is very worrying indeed. It is a foregone conclusion that many, after the futile exercise, will exercise their fiduciary duty first as taxpayers and secondly as freeway users by registering for the e-tolling system. The saddest part about the strike is that employers and management, who stand to benefit most from this futility will be left unscarred whist the struggling workers will be left reeling after those same employers apply the principle of NO WORK NO PAY...AS USUAL THE POOR MAN FEELS IT.

  • ashley.stroebel - 2012-11-30 12:11

    Viva Vavi :-)

  • dino.capaccino - 2012-11-30 14:27

    pple are being mislead by COSATU in my opinion, i mean the cort rulling was reserved until next year so why are they even asking for a strike??? ppl dont see wat strikes hav done to our Rand value..(R1 - $8.5)which used to hover at $7, furthermore they are jus adding to the gov turmoil that is present. personally i dont think they represent the people at all (and they knew about tollin 2yrs ago) begs to ask why ddnt they (cosatu) protest were being destroyed in lenesia and they ddnt even lift a finger..thats wat i would strike for not politacal games...2 things i will not do ...march/strike and vote...rather sit at home n count my hard erned money..while i still can

  • afrika.ayanda - 2012-11-30 15:35

    as long as Mr nkandla is still our joke President, nothing will eva go ryt in SA, or shud i say left? sorry my mistake.i meant to say as long as the president is still illiterate, everything will remain rong untill we all die of hunger.

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-11-30 16:14

    Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to today's fight. In the left corner we have the ANC and in the right corner we have the ANC.

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