No bicycles allowed at e-toll protest

2012-12-06 09:03

Johannesburg - No bicycles were allowed to be part of Thursday's "drive-slow" protest against e-tolling, Johannesburg metro police said.

"Yes, tractors are allowed because it is a vehicle, but no bicycles are allowed," Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

Last week, the Congress of SA Trade Unions urged protesters to participate with their bicycles.

"....We are marching on the freeways. Comrades, bring your bicycles, we have organised tractors," the union's provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said.

‘Park your car at toll gate’

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi urged protesters to get there early, even in their "smoking Toyotas".

"Go to the nearest e-toll gate and park that car there the whole day... We want the government to see where the power is," he said at the time.

Dakile and Vavi made the calls during two simultaneous anti-tolling marches in Johannesburg and Pretoria last week.

Minnaar on Thursday morning warned that vehicles which were not part of the protest and which blocked traffic would be towed away.

"Any vehicle that does not form part of [the] motorcade and blocks traffic will be towed to the Johannesburg metro police department."

Protesters gathering

Minnaar said protesters were allowed to protest using their vehicles "to form a motorcade".

On Thursday morning, there was high police visibility at the starting points in Katlehong and Braamfontein ahead of the protest.

Protesters were slowly gathering at the locations but no roads had been closed off yet. Some people were seen sitting at toll gantries along the N3.

Dakile on Thursday said the protest was expected to start at 09:00.

"If we could get 50 cars that would be great. It's not about the number of cars, it's about the message," he said.

100 cars expected

The two protests would take place on the N1, M2, M1, N3, N12, R24, and R21.

Before going onto highways, Minnaar said cars would also proceed on several streets in the city including Smith, Anderson, and Sauer streets.

He said 100 cars were expected in Johannesburg.

Last week, Cosatu threatened to remove toll gantries "nicely", occupy Gauteng streets, and block freeways if it did not receive positive feedback on memorandums handed to several departments.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has been at the forefront of the e-tolling project in Gauteng, but the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) brought a court application to have the project scrapped.

The court has yet to make a ruling following a judicial review of the e-toll system.

Like Outa, Cosatu wants e-tolling scrapped, saying workers cannot afford it.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-06 09:15

    "Any vehicle that does not form part of [the] motorcade and blocks traffic will be towed to the Johannesburg metro police department." How are you gonna tow a skateboard?

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-06 09:22

      With a rope?

      schmee.gol - 2012-12-06 09:31

      Nicely :P

      rbphiri - 2012-12-06 10:58

      Is zuma allowed at the protest? because his the biggest vehicle that has taken this country for a ride, his driving us crazy.

      rbphiri - 2012-12-06 10:59

      I'm riding Noleen, let's see them try to tow a 450kg Hippo.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-12-06 09:17

    It would be great to see those gantries being nicely removed. in any case they are an eye sore!

      Tony - 2012-12-06 09:29

      Why not remove the cameras and sensors, and use them for advertising billboards? Or hang child abusers, rapists, and hijackers from them?

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-06 09:59

      or use them to trap speeding taxis!

      rbphiri - 2012-12-06 11:02

      hang child abusers, rapists, and hijackers...Sir you just listed every single person in government. The Gantries are too small to display such idiots as more and more government officials are falling under the categories you have mentioned.

      Alex Ndoo - 2013-03-21 00:18

      There aren't enough gantries for all the criminals in the New And Improved SA.

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-12-06 09:24

    If I get stuck at one of the "blockages" would I be concidered part of the motorcade? If so, then they could not tow my car away. How are they going to tell the difference?

  • zvreenen - 2012-12-06 09:37

    I see a lot of people on the M1 in the mornings walking, cycling or sometimes even pushing their trolleys, The the metro cops just turn a blind eye. now why should this be different. Its also a bit ironic that cosatu needs to protest against the people they put into power.

      Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-12-06 11:05

      Cosatu is pissed off because they were not given a piece of pie in Etoll

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-06 09:40

    10 million bikes in beiging but not here

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-06 09:41

    I want to see 10 thousand cars been towed, hes an idiot everytime he opens his hole.

  • john.buang.39 - 2012-12-06 10:11

    4sho bicycles don't pay licences.

  • billyandrew.croucamp.5 - 2012-12-06 10:51

    No bicycles should be allowed on the roads ever, they are for vehicles that pay a licience...they are a hazzard on the roads.

      craig.johnston.3348 - 2012-12-06 11:38

      Cool, then ban pedestrians and runners too...they don't pay to use the road either!

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