E-tolls: Cosatu opposes govt decision

2013-05-23 11:49
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Johannesburg - Cosatu is opposing government's decision not to allow a planned protest on Johannesburg highways against e-tolls, the union federation said on Thursday.

"We are contesting this decision. We hope we will manage to persuade the government to what we think is a legitimate and constitutional protest with very wide public support," said Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven.

Cosatu planned to stage a series of "drive slow" protests to bring the province's highways to a standstill, starting on Friday, Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile told reporters on Wednesday.

The first protest would be on the M1 north, N1 south, N12, and M2 north highways in Johannesburg.

The Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) said the protest had not been authorised.

"Permission has not been granted because with the previous motorcade protest, protesters had stopped on the freeway and walked on the freeway, which is a contravention of the National Road Traffic Act," said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

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

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

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