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Joburg highway closed by protesters

2012-12-06 11:07

Johannesburg - The N3 highway was closed for a short while by protesters in a "drive-slow" motorcade against e-tolling on Thursday.

Cars turned sideways and closed the highway around 10:15.

Motorists alighted and began dancing on the freeway, while police, who were monitoring the motorcade, headed towards them.

Police spoke to protesters and the motorcade began moving slowly again.

However, some people remained on the highway and continued dancing.

Protesters want the e-toll system dropped. Last week, Cosatu threatened to occupy Gauteng streets, and block freeways during the protest.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has brought a court application to have the e-toll project scrapped, but a ruling has yet to be made.

Comments
  • UncleShep - 2012-12-06 11:20

    will this yield anything.......I doubt!

      Erna - 2012-12-06 11:34

      Maybe not, but am loving it.

      hlgiorgino - 2012-12-06 11:40

      Me too these people have balls, respect

      alan.jerrold - 2012-12-06 11:49

      Scamral are going to lose this one. Never has there been such united public opposition. Until now, the ANC have just arrogantly barged ahead, doing what they liked, crooking the taxpayer right, left and centre. Now we have a very dodgy 21 BILLION RAND DEAL done via a company previously involved in the Armsgate scam, and a massive lack of transparency. Plus the fact that literally hundreds of thousands of motorists using the highways - espceially those from the South - are NOT going to get e-tags or pay. The admin alone is going to crash Scamral. Best for their own sakes that they pull out now. It's showdown time at the OK corral.

      Eterni80 - 2012-12-06 12:09

      I wish cosatu would target the people who started the BS and not the people who are set to become victims of it.

      ron.rielander - 2012-12-06 12:39

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  • debra.denise.90 - 2012-12-06 11:27

    Shocking, does this means the road traffic laws have fallen away?

      defjukie - 2012-12-06 11:40

      Look at the bigger picture !!!!! What is shocking, laws and tariffs enforced on people

      jan.vanniekerk.52 - 2012-12-06 11:53

      Indeed, all road traffic laws except exceeding the speed limit while not driving a taxi or black merc have fallen away. Most of us noticed this a while ago. Does the government really want us to treat tax laws the way we already treat traffic laws?

      Eterni80 - 2012-12-06 12:11

      the cANCer don't respect the laws, why should the rest of us ?

      gski700902 - 2012-12-06 13:15

      Troll profile on FB methinks. A clear case of none so blind as those who will not see. Watch her howl when cost of living skyrockets if tolls DO come in - too little, too late if that turns out to be the case - instead of bemoaning road rules (which as stated below, the vast majority of which are broken in impunity), how about raise your voice in opposition to the profligate waste of money and resources, not to mention the beggaring of the honest taxpayer? Two words for you and your kind: EPIC FAIL.

      SunblushStarfish - 2012-12-07 03:11

      I think it is quite ironic that the face palm pic is above your post. It should be a double for that dumb comment.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-06 11:29

    burn them down

      edwina.wismer - 2012-12-07 02:35

      Frenchie..your comment "burn them down"....why don't you go do it?

  • debra.denise.90 - 2012-12-06 11:30

    Shocking, does this mean our road traffic laws have fallen away?

      pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-12-06 15:15

      Debra you are a stupid fool! Complaining about traffic laws while the public are being taken for a massive ride without transparency and at a huge cost while a few well placed individuals stand to benefit all the way to the bank! So, what about the constitution? Just shaddup!

  • Joe - 2012-12-06 11:37

    They sure love to dance.

      Tebz001 - 2012-12-06 13:07

      Was it dancing or protesting? lol

  • henk.venter.754 - 2012-12-06 11:39

    the anc is beating you guys!! they already got ALL the money required by not lowering the petrolprices accordingly or by increasing it as they want since the first outa verdict against them!! everything else they get from here on will pay for a second nkandla or a new house in austria for van niekerk, etc

  • hlgiorgino - 2012-12-06 11:41

    Wish I was there to join the protest. Respect to all of you there

  • meshack.thathane - 2012-12-06 11:47

    Protesting is the only language our government understands from the people but again I wish my people could understand that the power of their voice lies in their vote, eish!!!

      heini.botes - 2012-12-06 12:34

      Hit the nail right on the head there my friend! I would change the 'my poeple' part though to 'other people', cause by saying my people your basically referring to blacks. You are black and seem well understanding and educated to know that ANC rule is not working. And there are many like you!

      mashadi.matjila - 2012-12-06 13:41

      That's so true

      sthembiso.sokhela.1 - 2012-12-06 15:02

      I'm also black and also think ANC has been given a fare chance,its CLEAR ENOUGH that they have failed,its time for a change.I mean how stupid does ANC think we are (bill of secrecy,E-toll),like what the F..K

      heini.botes - 2012-12-06 15:27

      @Sthembiso.....I feel exactly the same boet! Elections 2014 is going to be an interesting one, i cannot, believe not, hope not for another 60%+ ANC victory, cannot see it happening after all this the last 5yrs. SA is on a very slippery slope I'm afraid, I can start seeing 'citizen revolutions' like we've seen in so many countries in Africa. Something like that would put this beautiful country of ours back by decades, which we cannot afford!

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-12-06 11:52

    Go the protestors!!!!!!!!!. I'm behind you.Give this useless,corrupt ANC govt. and Scamral stick. I'm against e-Toll cos I don't wanna end up living on Epol............bottom line.

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-12-06 11:52

    The ANC must understand, if the people refuse to pay the people refuse to pay, what they going to do, lock us all up, there are already taxes in place to deal with the maintenance and upgrade of our roads, they must use it wisely and not look at the people as cash cows because they are either to corrupt, lazy or just plain unable to get the job done, it is not the peoples fault it is there fault, slowly but surely the South Africans are getting sick of this rubbish !

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-12-06 11:55

    Well done COSATO, i never thought the day would break that i would congratulate you on an endeavor, well i am wrong, I support...

  • maropola.nkitsing - 2012-12-06 11:57

    I dont give a dem. I stay in Polokwane nd it cost me morethan 200 bucks on tolls from PTA to Polokwane who is helping me. No one. So u Joburg people think u are special. U gonna pay whether u like it or not. And Cosadtu stop playing people cause behind close doors u agree with ANC on Tolls so please stop this game u r playing with the masses. Shame on u Cosadtu.

      melusi.myaluza - 2012-12-06 12:04

      Exactly who is COSADTU? Are u on whoonga?

      mashadi.matjila - 2012-12-06 13:32

      You are stupid beyond words. Do you travel between Pretoria and Polokwane daily on your way to work? And if this thing is not stopped now, you can be sure that before the end of 2014 it will be on your freeways too, that is how the ANC rolls.

      kemoropane - 2012-12-06 16:25

      Wanyela frm pta2plk is less dan 120 on tolls, u thnk u da only 1 travelin ka N1

  • Roulon du Toit - 2012-12-06 12:00

    Just don't buy an e-tag. E-tags will make the system work because it will be an automated process. If you don't buy an e-tag everything will have to be caputered manually. There are hundreds of thousands of cars--something that SANRAL will not cope with. If we buy e-tags we make the system work. Don't be suckered into buying with their promises of capped limits when buying an e-tag

  • lawson.lutchman - 2012-12-06 12:06

    Viva ama protesters VIVA!!!!

  • solverman - 2012-12-06 12:06

    e-toll scrapped, R15 a litre of petrol the following month....

  • Modise Lesley Morobe - 2012-12-06 12:08

    ANC top dogs must stop miss-using the mony(ies) that was supposed to have created more jobs: now we people have to clean their mess; by donating for e-tolls:

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-12-06 12:30

      Well 63% of the country LOVES the ANC and keep voting for them... For the first time I applaud COSATU but they are still part of the "3 party alliance" - me thinks the time has come to decide if they FOR or AGAINST the ANC.

      heini.botes - 2012-12-06 12:36

      Can you imagine the kind of corruption and deals thats going to happen if this E-Tollie crap goes through! I shiver at the thought!!

  • Percy Piper - 2012-12-06 12:09

    for once people are standing together! government can stop wasting money on changing city and street names and start using the money for the roads.

  • wayne.groenewald.5 - 2012-12-06 12:10

    Why isn't there as much protest against the ANC? They have "E-tolls" on every tax payer and are squandering/misappropriating most of it. Please see the the bigger picture here people. The government is the PROBLEM, from which all these other economic burdens emanate. Its time for another government to be given an opportunity. ANC has had their chance and FAILED.

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-12-06 12:40

      No liberation party has ever succeeded anywhere in the world. The ANC has confirmed this again. You summed it up perfectly - democracy is about giving the other political parties a chance as well.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-06 12:22

    And they are still going to vote ANC....

      lourainet - 2012-12-06 12:36

      Yeaaahh they still are cus cosatu is anc,, and u go vote fr DA ur choice n let thm choose hu thy vote

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-12-06 16:07

      Small extract from hajibo,com. "Masses say they want Zuma because they want Zuma" "South Africa's masses say they want Jacob Zuma to have a second term because they want him to have a second term. Asked what Zuma had done to improve their lives, they ululated loudly before screaming, “Zuuumaaa!” Asked whether they were worried by allegations of corruption and widening censorship, they ululated again before screaming, “Msholoziiiii!”"

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-12-06 12:44

    America has had no tax on petrol and I would assume ,still has'nt a tax on petrol because they have toll roads instead so you got cheap untaxed petrol for your lawnmower,boat and everywhere else and paid for toll roads here it was the British system with petrol taxed , whether you ever went on a road or not .What kind of scum decided to toll the roads on top of petrol tax .They have let the roads go to hell stolen the petrol tax which should have paid for the new roads and repaired the old ones .They sold off the roadmasking and maintenance equipment so the cant even fix potholes getting their boeties to do it so that they fill the potholes like when ? and then within the shortest time it needs redoing because whoever is doing the you ll notice has all brand new equipment (hired) and no or very little or no aptitude for the job .

  • Christie Nigrini - 2012-12-06 12:56

    @lourainet: did you not go to school by any chance or did you actually attend some school but never took the spelling class?

  • leon.vanderlinde.14 - 2012-12-06 13:23

    There are so many unemployed in South Africa and why don't we let them do it everyday. Then they can stay out of criminal behaviour and CROOKRAL has a problem. They can on their way dismantle the towers and sell for scrap to cover their cost. I think there is enough metal to keep the jobless in food for a month.

  • Lesiba - 2012-12-06 13:40

    Dont register with sanral,from katlehong to o.r..t.i.a it took us 5hrs and we r proud to say this is the beginning.NTATE MOPORO THANK FOR BEING PART OF THIS,O YA ROCKA MBHORO.phanzi nge e toll

  • ross.catterall.37 - 2012-12-06 13:41

    Youre right Gladlad...You can strike as much as you want. The Gov and Sanral will still do what they want.

  • ross.quinn.146 - 2012-12-06 13:48

    In October 2011 Special Investigating Unit (SIU) said R25-billion and R30-billion of government’s annual procurement budget alone was lost to corruption, Stop wasting the money we as the people give you already and there will be more then enough to pay for the roads and much much more !!!

  • rhouda.cajee.7 - 2012-12-06 14:35

    viva COSATU VIVA

  • giancarlo.groenewald - 2012-12-06 14:43

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnJEeHND_lQ

  • sthembiso.sokhela.1 - 2012-12-06 15:08

    People clearly know its time for a change I bet we can all agree upon that ANC has been given a fare chance(OVER 10YRS).Do they think we are that STUPID after more than 15 years of corruption you hit us with a BILL OF SECRECY then E-TOLL and think that we wont have a problem, I MEAN LIKE WHAT THE F..K!!!!

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-12-06 18:27

    For once trade unions doing something for the 'entire' community...

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2012-12-06 20:43

    All you do is put on your hazard lights, open your bonnet, rearrange your plug leads and traffic flow stops!!! Simple and nobody can prove otherwise.

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