Metro police: Protest won’t affect traffic

2013-02-11 08:30

Johannesburg - A protest march against e-tolls was not expected to heavily affect traffic in Pretoria on Monday morning, the Tshwane metro police said.

"We are not closing streets for the march; we will only close intersections when the march approaches.

"As soon as the march moves to another intersection, we will open the intersection behind them for traffic," said Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba.

About 30 police cars assembled at an open space in Marabastad, on the outskirts of Pretoria on Monday morning ahead of the planned Cosatu protest over e-tolling.

At 07:00, less than 10 activists in red Congress of SA Trade Unions regalia were standing close to the large contingent of police officers drawn from different units including the Tshwane Metro police, Gauteng traffic police and the SA Police Service.

More than 10 police officers arrived on motorbikes.

An ambulance from Emergency Services was also at the scene on Monday morning.

The protesters were chatting inaudibly amongst themselves, a few meters from the police officers. Several local and international news crews were also on the scene.

Mahamba said the march will turn into Struben Street, proceed to Schubart, turn into Schoeman and proceed to the N1 highway, where it was expected that the group would be joined by another group from Johannesburg on the R21.

Mahamba said from the R21, the Pretoria group was expected to finish at the old Putco bus depot at around 18:00.

  • abdxyzhyg - 2013-02-11 08:42

    I wonder why they havent made this march known to the public i think most people were not even awatre of it. I hope it gains momentum though and people who can go for it should really stand with cosatu on this one.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-02-11 10:00

      They have - been in the new for a few weeks, with the dates of the next 2 as well

      etienne.odendaal.1 - 2013-02-11 11:18

      Also didn't know there was a march today :-/

  • Jean2301 - 2013-02-11 08:59

    Only thing COSATU has done that benefits this country.

  • flynn.govender - 2013-02-11 09:07

    "Metro police: Protest won’t affect traffic" Slow traffic will have a ripple effect to the balance of the traffic. You Metro Cops must go back to school and learn what reality is all about before making statements

  • nhlapop - 2013-02-11 09:41

    I didnt know about it. COSATU neh.

  • william.bromehead - 2013-02-11 09:51

    e tolling is just a new way to rip the man in the street off Am I right in thinking that the bulk of the money will go to foreign company and no doubt there will be those corrupt people who will gain from shares/kickbacks

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