Tolls: N3 at a standstill

2012-12-06 19:12

Johannesburg - The N3 near Katlehong on the East Rand came to a standstill late on Thursday afternoon as motorists joined Cosatu's anti-toll "drive-slow" convoy.

As police tried to get the motorists to speed up they slowed down even more.

Journalists and other people were stopped from parking on the side of the road to work or take pictures as police urged the protesters to drive faster.

Meanwhile, the Johannesburg group of the anti-toll protest, against the tolling of Gauteng's freeways, was heading along the M1 north, past the Booysens off-ramp, towards the CBD.

Traffic was moving slowly as motorists hooted and pumped their fists out of the windows.

Protesters want the e-toll system dropped. Last week the Congress of SA Trade Unions 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.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-12-06 19:17

    Just after Mangaung this will go forward. Pay as you use period, the people in Gauteng are selfish, the money that government is using to renovate Gauteng roads can be used effectively for the rehabilitation of other rural provinces instead of spending monies only in Gauteng, if you want good roads they pay for them!

      sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-12-06 19:25

      you forget that Gauteng contributes the most out of all the other provinces (over 30 percent) when it comes to GDP due to it being the business hub. Most of this money IS spent on other provinces. Call us selfish now but wait until it spreads to other provinces. It's just another gravy train.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-12-06 19:39

      tumisang.kolobe - FU and your corrupted government!!!

      Klaus - 2012-12-06 19:48

      kolobe, you reside in Soweto - have you and your ilk paid your electricity yet ? In civilised countries we call them PARASITES

      danie.vanderlith - 2012-12-06 20:05

      Bla bla bla, money pay for roads, yes I agree, roads leading to Zumas 250mil estate. The other day we had a big storm in our town, chanties we blown down, people lost theire belongings, people got hurt,chanties flooded, did our Government do anything to help there OWN people. NO. As long as their pockets are lined they are happy, The people in the rural settelments are out of sight out of mind, so sad, and to think that they, the people voted for this corupt gov. I walked in the township 12 o clock at night documenting the damage, so sad to see and here the people say that they only want water and lights. But our pres is building a 250mil mansion, but hey, out of sight of of mind.

      tiaan.evony - 2012-12-06 20:19

      25% of Africa's GDP comes from the inner circle(everything inside the N3,N1 and N12) so I'd hope that money is well spent in JHB and we do pay for those roads,those prices are factored into fuel prices.Why waste money on roads like in EC and NC that ain't bringing in the money.Rather question zuma's town he is building with TAX money that could be used in better ways!!!

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-12-06 19:22

    This excercise is not going to help anyone, but instead it will inconvenience us members of the public, Zuma and his cabinet ministers use convoy that can not be delayed, my question is where will this action by cosatu get us?

      sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-12-06 19:29

      So you oppose the public voicing an opinion? Inconvenience or not, this is probably the only way to effectively get heard loud and clear. Handing over memorandums and holding meetings didnt work that well..

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-06 19:34

      @ Michael, So you would prefer the marching and trashing method consequently validating your preferred moan and groan session.

      Thabiso Davis Davis - 2012-12-06 20:13

      lol! do u really have to go there. we talking about us who strggle not those who can have options to use other means of transport than delays on strike of etoll. yes it will help!

  • sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-12-06 19:22

    Careful, it might snow but here goes. Cosatu, good job. Let's hope the government sees how many people opposed the etolls and stop relying on crappy stats from SANRAL.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-12-06 19:33

      YAY!!!!!!!! slow them down, teach themn that we are not going to take this situation without a fight!!!!!!

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-12-06 19:36

    Dont vote ANC. Vote for another party. IFP/COPE/DA/FF/NCP/NFP but DONT VOTE for these corrupt thugs.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-06 19:45

      Thanks for the advise...

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-12-06 19:38

    South Africans(read blacks) love disorder,the struggle was won mainly on disorder and disruptions,while other south africans(read white) like diplomacy and doing everything according to law,which other south africans unfortunately aren't familiar with.The numbers at the end of it all whether toll protests succeed or not most other south africans(whites) would have bought the e tags,while south africans(blacks) won't,so brace yourself for more disorder other south africans because this is just the beginning of your inconveniences,we really wouldn't mind putting Gauteng on a standstill for the whole month,just watch and see because battle lines have been drawn and there can only be one winner!!!!!

      mya.bee.39 - 2012-12-06 19:47

      now now mulusi just breathe, for once it seems as if black and white are standing together for a cause. black and white are affected by this. black and white are protesting. This is against the E-tolls, not another racist issue.... Please leave race out of this and focus on the issue at hand.

      sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-12-06 19:49

      Did you not notice that alot of the people do the slow drive today were white AND black? We're all in this together chum and I might admit, it's got the same type of fanfare feeling that the World Cup brought... I have never seen such a race mix striking and looking like they're having so much fun..It's fun when South Africans can see past colour and see a common problem.

      melusi.myaluza - 2012-12-06 20:05

      Like I said,we might protest together for now but at the end of the day whites will simply buy e tags because they won't be seen breaking the law,while blacks will simply not buy no e tags because they love mayhem and disorder and breaking a simple law like not buying an e tag is just a walk in the park,they simply won't buy them,period,and let anybody try forcing them,they will make today look like paradise,mark my words!

      Sibusiso - 2012-12-06 21:43

      Malusi,Pls focus on the issue at hand and stop embarrassing yourself.

  • tiaan.evony - 2012-12-06 20:12

    I did not join them,they blocked the damn roads,took me an hour to get from alberton to linksfield

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-07 07:40

      Did you not realise that you should have used yesterday as practice for when you are not going to use the tollroads unless you have already got an E Tag

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-12-06 20:23

    Why allow these protesters to bugger everybody around that needs to get home or has business to do ?

      melusi.myaluza - 2012-12-06 20:43

      Amen Peter,fools like yourself are proving me right,most whites only care about themselves(apologies to the whites who don't share the same view as this Peter troll),when the dust has settled,blacks still won't buy e tags and whites most likely will.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-07 07:41

      So you have already bought an E Tag

  • John - 2012-12-06 21:00

    SANRAL is a privately owned CORPORATION which is holds government SURETY for its debts. SANRAL is NOT government as they would like us to believe! TREASURY is only backing SANRAL because they signed SURETY for SANRAL'S debts!

  • theunislbotha - 2012-12-06 23:47

    Thanks for wasting taxpayers money!

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-12-07 06:54

    ETOLL - up yer kisser, sanral & Alli can shag a landmine for all I care. This white boy aint getting tagged.

  • flysouth - 2012-12-07 10:08

    Who the hell do the cops think they are trying to enforce a minimum speed limit on our roads - the freeways around JHB have no such minima imposed, nor is there any 'blanket' minimum declared in SA on any class of road! We will not be deterred by cops, the government or anyone else - these tolls must be scrapped, we cannot and will not lose this fight!

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