Numsa calls for strong anti-toll protest

2012-02-25 18:02

Johannesburg - The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has called for a "strong turnout" in the March 7 national strike to protest against toll roads in Gauteng.

"Although the e-tolling tariff was just reduced by Minister [Pravin] Gordhan, and although taxis and buses are exempted, the very principle of privatising our roads is something Numsa firmly opposes," the national executive committee said in a statement on Saturday.

"On March 7  2012, we will turn to mass street power to exert pressure for a total ban on labour broking, and for the scrapping of the privatised e-tolling system in Gauteng province."

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said earlier this week that Gauteng toll fees were set to become a fact of life and the law and the government will tolerate no disobedience.

With effect from April 30, motorcycles with e-tags would pay 20 cents a kilometre and those without, 38 cents.

Light motor vehicles would pay 30 cents and 58 cents respectively, and non-articulated trucks 75 cents and R1.45.

Articulated trucks with e-tags would pay R1.51 a kilometre and those without R2.90.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-25 18:29

    In June 2010 Jimmy Manyi was suspended from his position as Director-General in the Department of Labour following a complaint that he used an official meeting to promote his private interests. Mr Manyi appealed the suspension, but was placed on special leave until his appointment as government spokesperson in February 2011 Manyi you have no room to even mention the word disobedient. You are a parasite on the tax payers back.

      Hebe - 2012-02-25 21:09

      the govt. is scared of the taxis they are the only drivers with the balls to take them on. now they've been excluded the rest will do zilch.

      Irene - 2012-02-25 21:19

      If the taxi drivers had to pay as well, it would make people slightly more tolerant, but because they get to ride free, the corrupt ANC can swivel if they think they'll steal one more cent from me! So, sorry Manyi, but civil obedience is going to happen and you're in for a really big surprise.

  • Robert E Meise Esq - 2012-02-25 18:34

    i will NOT get a tag what u going to do send me a bill i can not and will not pay what you gonna do send me to jail ill go ill come out and still not get a tag

      Marion - 2012-02-26 07:57

      They are changing the law to ensure that the money can be collected. I think one of the things they intend doing is issuing garnishee orders against people's salaries. Now, imagine someone with false number plates (viz yours) runs up a R10 000 eToll bill and you get zapped with a garnishee order. Gonna be fun hey. We will not be getting an eTag even if it means using every back road to get to our destination.

  • jonomillion - 2012-02-25 18:38

    I fully support NUMSA for once!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-25 19:17

    I think we should all support NUMSA on this. If we have the time, we can : * Arrive at the toll gate and request to pay by cash - 5c pieces. * Insist on a clear, legible, paper receipt, containing all the relevant data, including the method of payment, in duplicate, if for business. * Insist that the attendant addresses us in our chosen language (one of 11) * Take along a tyre pressure gauge and check all tyre pressures prior to going through the gates. (Road safety). Request an air compressor should tyres need inflating. * Respond to an urgent, long mobile telephone call whilst in the que. Do not drive and talk on phone - road safety. * Check lights whilst in que. Clean windscreen. I am sure we can find many other ways to clog up the system good and solid. The only thing I am worried about, is those who will become impatient. I think NUMSA should publish a public warning to all emergency services and to business, that no toll gates are to be used by emergency vehicles or businessmen in a hurry on 7 March 2012. Actually it would have been nice if NUMSA can time this action to catch a blue light convoy.

      Graeme - 2012-02-25 19:35

      You are either not from Gauteng or followed this. There are no toll gates, just sensors for etags and camera's for this with out. Youre etag needs to have credit loaded to qualify for discount. Failure to pay will result in a fine

      Dave - 2012-02-25 21:12

      @Graeme - wow, a little constipated tonight are we?

  • alan.carstens - 2012-02-25 19:24

    Will just have to fire up the old DDOS tricks on these poor tolling systems...

  • Sheik - 2012-02-25 20:21

    I'll put money on it that they'll f@#k it up on the first day. Want to see the Post Office deliver my bill on time, still waiting for my Christmas Card sent by my daughter who lives ten houses down the road, I live in hope.

  • Renier - 2012-02-25 20:25

    I believe its going to cost more that a Billion per year just to collect the tolls, assuming that everyone will be paying. I wonder how much actual profit will be made (to pay the loan) after the collection fees and road maintenance (again assuming that it will be done) have been deducted.

  • Pawel - 2012-02-25 20:29

    Taxi's and busses are exempted... WTF... my car is my taxi....

  • Dave - 2012-02-25 20:56

    Their desperate measures to get this to work is going to be their downfall. Court ruling to prevent AARTO from being used to collect was I think one of the final nails. For as long as we stick together and dont buy an e-tag, we can sit at home and watch this house of cards crumble before our eyes. Just dont but an etag people

  • amanda - 2012-02-25 21:09

    Well said Dave. Another thing - The government knows that if they tried to force the taxis to pay all hell would break lose. Stick together and dont register for e - tags. finis.

      Dave - 2012-02-25 21:14

      No one reacts well to a gun to their head, top of the list is Gautengers...This, out of all the ef ups the government has made, is gonna be their downfall. Tombstone reads....Etags were the death of me...

  • Irene - 2012-02-25 21:22

    Don't think the corrupt thieves in power realised that we would all stand up to this. I will NEVER buy an etag and I will NEVER pay one single bill from them. JIMMY MANYI, GO AND SWIVEL!!!!!!

      Dave - 2012-02-25 21:27

      At this point, the stupidiest thing is that we dont HAVE to do anything to protest, doing nothing here is going to see the system fail, they have seriously underestimated their own stupidity this time

  • Ewwbur.Evony - 2012-02-25 21:30

    Not only have I put a days leave in for 7th of March, I will not buy this e-tag. Dear minister, I am already a law abiding citizen who buy my motor license (which include a tax for road maintenance); pay each day petrol (which also include a huge portion for road maintenance). No one is even discussing the indirect cost which each and every person will as almost all our stuff come in by road. We as servicing company and collection of samples, will have to fork out now thousands more, which will be passed on to the consumer and this include Municipalities and Government. No minister, find the huge sums that we are already paying through our taxes as I for one will not buy this e-tag, I do have a budget to live by.

      Dave - 2012-02-25 21:34

      Well said

  • Irene - 2012-02-25 21:34

    Where is the gathering point for the strike or are we going to turn the highways into a parking lot?

  • Kevin - 2012-02-25 21:54

    For once we are with you. You may proceed to toll gate . Do not pay and drive straight through. Reverse give cameras the middle finger and proceed. If you are a taxi please do not stop as other motorists would never have expected a taxi to stop. You drive straight through and cut off six motorists and proceed to the yellow line to overtake 50 cars.Holding up a blue light brigade makes you a national hero.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-25 21:57

    For once we are with you. You may proceed to toll gate . Do not pay and drive straight through. Reverse give cameras the middle finger and proceed. If you are a taxi please do not stop as other motorists would never have expected a taxi to stop. You drive straight through and cut off six motorists and proceed to the yellow line to overtake 50 cars.Holding up a blue light brigade makes you a national hero.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-02-26 06:16

    Jimmy Manyi & Samral et their e toll can go f*ck themselves !! Viva Vavi Viva!!! never thought I'd support NUMSA either! this is one stupid Government idea that ain't going to work! Pick a finger u morons!!

  • Marion - 2012-02-26 07:55

    Will people of all race groups join these protests or will our normal apathy prevail as we leave it to the black unions to protest on our behalf? Also, where will these protests be staged?

  • Andrew - 2012-02-26 10:20

    At the same time we should also be protesting the R0.20 hike in the fuel levy which will offset a large portion of the so called R5.8 billion government contribution to ease the cost of toll. Some estimates put this extra levy will collect in the region of R27 billion over 3 years, which would more than pay for the construction costs. Who is being hoodwinked?

  • Piet - 2012-02-26 10:33

    Just do not buy the E-tags, but then again we are going to have idiots who does!

  • Piet - 2012-02-26 10:34

    News24 Why do you publish these articles mostly over weekends? Are you for tolling of the roads?

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