E-tolls will punish my kids severely - protester

2012-04-24 15:21

Pretoria - The implementation of the Gauteng e-toll system will leave many low-income households in an unbearable financial situation, said a protester outside the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

Hilda Maphoroma, a Roodepoort resident, said she had joined the court application seeking an interdict preventing the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from launching the contentious e-toll scheme on April 30.

“I take my children every day to school and we use these roads. When I want to go to work I have to use the roads and I’m not sure how they expect us to manage,” she said emotionally.

“They are putting our lives in danger with this system. The implementation will mean I will not be able to go to work. I will not be able to take my children to school because of the financial implication,” said Maphoroma.

She said she was employed by the Norwood Spar in Johannesburg.

‘Benefits not real’

Eight lawyers and their juniors were in court on Tuesday representing both sides in the court application filed by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

Advocate Owen Bloomberg, a member of Outa's legal team, said Maphoroma epitomised the general Gauteng resident who “has been pushed to the verge”.

“The minister of transport has conceded that the benefits [of the toll roads] which were being promised by Sanral are not real. We have other individuals who will also be submitting applications to halt this e-toll system,” he said.

“There is no integrated public transport system in the country leaving the millions of people to rely on their cars on these roads which shall be out of reach for many,” he said.

Bloomberg said Tuesday's court deliberations would centre around "technical arguments regarding the parties to be involved in the court battle".

National Treasury's application to intervene in the urgent interdict to stop the launch of the e-tolling system was granted earlier by the High Court. Judge Bill Prinsloo allowed the application because there was no objection from the opposition.


Despite a heavy police presence, defiant motorists hooted and shouted their disapproval of e-tolls outside the court on Vermeulen Street in Pretoria.

Scores of Democratic Alliance supporters had braved the cold weather and were gathered outside the court.

Dressed in uniform blue, the lively protesters led by the DA leader in the Gauteng legislature, Jack Bloom, sang and waved posters with messages opposing tolling of the Gauteng roads.

The posters read: "Hoot for a toll free GP" and "e-thief".

"This massive wailing and hooting you are witnessing now is the widespread public opposition to toll roads," said Bloom.

"The toll roads have united people of Gauteng in protest. Public opinion must be heard and respected all the time," he said.

Bloom said the DA wanted a five-months delay to the implementation of the system “to sort out issues first”.

He said multitudes of DA supporters would have flocked to the court but the number of protesters was limited by the permit granted by the Tshwane metro municipality.

  • Irene - 2012-04-24 15:25

    Protestor - No problem. Just don't pay like the rest of us.

      Anita - 2012-04-24 15:34

      Agreed - Couldn't have said it better myself Irene!

      Bob - 2012-04-24 15:57

      I just love it, all this protest will help the majority that voted this ANC into power realise what they are really about, just want to drain us all of everything, even the poorest will now suffer under this corrupt bunch, the E Tolls will be worth it if they bring an end to this government.

      Rob - 2012-04-24 16:48

      Leonardb1: Wait.....soon enough (just in time for his upcoming conference) he will appear in shining armour on a white horse as the saviour of the poor. If he doesn't it will prove that his advisors are even more ignorant than he is. And while I am waxing cynical...maybe the anc will claim this as a green victory because of the reduction in road use that surely we will see for a few months.

      Squeegee - 2012-04-24 17:40

      This can escilate. At stake on the one hand is Billions of Rands that can be misappropriated; on the other a groundswell of disapproval that could cost the Idiocracy dearly in the future. If I weren't a citizen I might sit back and enjoy it - unfortunately it seems as if we are in trouble any way you look at it.

  • Hallo - 2012-04-24 15:27

    Why do all parties make use of rent-a-crowds?

      Koos - 2012-04-24 15:29

      Chickens where put down.

      Irene - 2012-04-24 15:30

      Wonder where all the 'Viva ANC' crowds were?

      Kala - 2012-04-24 15:31

      Like your birthday party?

      Hallo - 2012-04-24 15:39

      Kala - You're confusing my parties with your mom's swinging parties.

      Kala - 2012-04-24 15:45

      I didn't know my Mom had invited you.I hope you had fun.

      Murechen - 2012-04-24 15:53

      Please the ANC & ANCYL are the worst, the bus people in from other provinces.

  • Marion - 2012-04-24 15:32

    @Hilda Maphoroma - I understand how you feel. Any increase you are likely to get this year will go straight to SANRAL. The cost of petrol, school uniforms, stationery, rent, w&l, etc., etc., will continue to go up as they do every year so by next year you will have an even lower disposable income than you do now in spite of any increase. Even with an eTag R550 is too much for the lower income groups. DO NOT BUY AN ETAG.

      Martin - 2012-04-24 15:37

      and if we all lucky we get the unrealistic inflation increase of 6-8% when in reality its probably gonna be around 25- 30 %,

      Marion - 2012-04-24 15:51

      @Martin - we are being robbed blind. I always wonder what 'basket' of items they use when calculating that inflation increase. 'cos it's nothing like the basket of items we spend money on each month for sure.

      jacovniek - 2012-04-24 15:57

      Indeed Marion! I think cars are added to that basket - because we all buy a new car every month, don't we? :-) Food inflation is far above that. Three Checkers grocery bags can easily reach R600 - but of course, you know this already.

      Martin - 2012-04-24 16:01

      im looking forward to the 2014 election, theymade a massive screw up uniting everyone against a common enemy, i see the anc losing more ground, jhb and pta will be out of their hands for sure

      Martin - 2012-04-24 16:07

      let me eat cake

      Martin - 2012-04-24 16:35 hows this, 1 more nail in their coffin

  • Herman - 2012-04-24 15:33

    African Winter on it's way.....

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-04-24 15:35

    this story actually reminds me of that joke about Mandela meeting a genie, and becoming white...if you know the joke, im pretty sure you will catch my drift

  • Phumi - 2012-04-24 15:37

    Constitutional review and amandments is really needed urgently in this country. This thing of having elections every five years is not assisting us at all! We should have them every two years so that the people have an option of removing those who are power drunk from leadership positions!

      Herman - 2012-04-24 15:46

      The review most needed is a change in government

      Smile - 2012-04-24 15:49

      More elections doesnt help if the voters are lied to and misinformed by the ANC.

  • Koos - 2012-04-24 15:38

    Seriously now, I don’t think most people on the ground know how bad this e-thieving is and how it will impact their lives. If transport costs go up so will the cost of living. Government is already taking a huge chunk of the petrol price for themselves not to mention other toll roads and car licenses. Take income tax and vat and you will find that the average middle class person hands over between 40% to 60% if not more of his/her hard earned cash over to the government and the question is “for what?”.

      Smile - 2012-04-24 15:48

      So ministers can drive gas guzzlers and live in mansions. This is the true crux of the matter. They don’t care about ordinary citizens. OH! And FYI if any ANC rejects is reading this: This is your fault; and those DA members are black and white. Don’t tell people that DA is a white man's party. You are dishonest.

      Barbara - 2012-04-24 16:13

      Hello Koos, You are right on the mark .I am just so glad that the taxpayers of SA are at last saying "enough is enough".What do we get for the almost 60% tax we pay to this useless,incompentent inefficient gvnt? A president who has been married six times, where do his priorities lie? Lets keep the protests going we as taxpayers are their oxygen.. if we cut it off they die!

      ralph.klopper - 2012-04-24 16:15

      Agree with Koos. I pay 42% tax, then if I spend some of the remaining money on fuel (taxed at 32% in Gauteng) I in fact pay 74% just in tax. If that's not enough now they want to add e-tolling to steal the remaining 26% I have left!!

      Freddy - 2012-04-24 16:36

      right koos but why does no body go on to the streets!!?? If millions would protest what they are going to do...shot them all??!!

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-04-24 15:45

    When they started the road works the public was told it was for the soccer world cup nobody mentioned anything about these tolls it only arose in 2010.

      SaintBruce - 2012-04-24 17:13

      Exactly -All the signs said "GFIP Work Package xxx" That means Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project - NOTHING about GTRIP ! [Gauteng Toll Road Impoverishment Project] Now they insist they have to "TRIP" us up on the roads it is their DUTY to maintain and upgrade for natural population expansion due the efforts of AA and EE and BBBEE to close the wage gap [equals car ownership] which they planned when the ANC came to power - in truth this was planned for long ago in the 1970's - so why are they so surprised we object to open theft via another TAX ?? Someone 'sold' the Government on a sure fire way to bolster the Pension Fund [probably won't cope with the artificially swelled ranks of the State organism] via investing in the SANRAL 'cash for km' scheme. I wonder who that was? Nothing is ever too late. If we, the whole of Gauteng road users simply don't use the roads then they get NO income - then what? The guy on 702 last night said this would be dire! Really? Find the wasted R 20 Thousand Million annually and we can build new roads like these in every major city - one a year - EVERY year! Oh, but that takes effort and would stop the wholesale graft going on - replies our dear ANC Government. That is their JOB - deliver to the people with good effect and maximum efficiency. Minister of Transport - YOU are sitting on the cash needed - USE IT!

  • Msika - 2012-04-24 15:48

    Excuse me mr Bloom, but we dont want this thing to be delayed for 5 months, we want the whole thing scraped all together, PLEASE!

      raath - 2012-04-24 16:17

      I am sure they are just buying time to make sure they have a rock-solid case. I really hope they stop this rubbish.

  • jacovniek - 2012-04-24 15:51

    The e-toll is the best idea ever... it will unite South-Africa (or at least Gauteng) like never before. All of a sudden the rich Northern-suburb madam and the man delivering her mail are in full agreement.

      Kala - 2012-04-24 15:56

      A scene reminiscent of Rugby World Cup 1995

  • Samantha - 2012-04-24 15:58

    we just have to pay pay pay, pay high tax, pay high medical costs, pay high petrol costs, now e-toll, and we still pay for the goverment to ride around tax free and have lavish lives, - am sick of it, - we are being drained here, and they dont care- :(

      jacovniek - 2012-04-24 16:04

      I agree Samantha! The dynamics of South Africa is quite unique. We are not scared to protests. The government has another thing coming if they think they can mirror the typical oppressive African government. The e-toll is a sign of the times - South Africans are getting fed up.

      Irene - 2012-04-24 16:05

      Samantha ~ Petrol is going up next week as well. Time to overthrow the ANCancer.

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-04-24 16:14

      @Irene do you know by how much?

      Freddy - 2012-04-24 16:15

      I fully agree. We are going to have a "Lehman Brother" and/or AIG episode. Then it will be too late for government to stop the mess it has created.To use pension money for e-tolling amounts to theft. This saga will cost the government dearly in the next general election,if we all stand together.

  • Emeliavren - 2012-04-24 16:09

    I think the DA should win the next election because clearly since the ANC was elected, the country is on a back slide making government rich and south african residents even more broke!

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-04-24 16:11

    Just remember people, this E-toll project was funded by government employees' pension funds. The government will kick hard to get this working or lose their pension.

  • Jake - 2012-04-24 16:11

    This is the start next is the water. Please people we need new leadership!!!! The current system is a failure for all.

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-04-24 16:14

    The ANC are going to go down in 2014 for two reasons. Nr 1) There is a division in the ANC because of the Malema issue and Nr 2) The people are getting fed up with all the taxes being levied.

      Andile Magaba Magaba - 2012-04-24 17:02

      @Firehawks07: you left out reason#3. People are just fed up of the corruption that is steady but surely crippling the country. Guess what? Black citizens, myself included have finally realised this

      Samantha - 2012-04-24 17:26

      One can only hope but the problem is the man in the rural areas and other areas who dont know whats going on- they make up the majority and the majority rules- when it comes to voting- all the anc has to do is make a few township visits and false promises and they win the votes- by what margin did they win the last time?

  • Faizie - 2012-04-24 16:15

    Catch Zola Budds, they are toll free

  • Jain - 2012-04-24 16:32

    Who doesn't have to pay the e-toll? Do government ministers have to pay?

  • Jean-Louis - 2012-04-24 16:41

    I see that all these blacks are protesting ! but no-one says ti the cANCer they will vote for another party if the toll goes ahead ! tell them and you will see them backtracking if they will loose a lot of votes !!!

  • Pauliano Wa-Astra - 2012-04-24 17:23

    ANC pigs ar getting fat@fatter of tax payers and corruption...

  • - 2012-04-24 18:38

    say a million people do not pay, what's gonna happen to 'em? jail sentence? don't see that happenning. unless they build new prisons just to keep people who fail to pay toll fees.

  • Samantha - 2012-04-24 18:53

    Can someone pls tell me what happens to all the cents we pay for plastic bags at the supermarkets? Where does that money go? Cents add up-

      Pussycat44 - 2012-04-25 06:04

      I won't use plastic bags from the shops. I have my own shopping bags. I refuse to pay more money into the govt coffers.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-24 20:31

    Sickness filth sadness rip off communist scum Traitor low class

  • Wisemad Mcmawle - 2012-04-24 20:47

    Well we all know that in 1966 peoples were killed for disapproving dompass at Shapville and that crime committed by then government now it seem we are going to die for disapproving e-toll in the so called democratic government,mara politicians nxa.

  • gkleingeld - 2012-04-25 07:16

    E-tolls - the gap cover for government corruption.

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