Police keep an eye on e-tolls protest

2012-12-06 07:06

Johannesburg - There was high police visibility in Katlehong in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, on Thursday morning ahead of a "drive-slow" protest against e-tolling.

At least 12 police vans were stationed at Masakhane Street where the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) protest was due to start.

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

In Braamfontein in Johannesburg, police and media began gathering from 06:00 but no protesters had arrived.

Four police vans were stationed at Cosatu House on Jorissen Street where the protest was due to start from.

The protest, which included driving slowly on highways, was due to start at 08:00.

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

Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile urged motorists who joined the protest to drive with their headlights and hazard lights on. Some cars would also have banners. The trade union federation received permission to protest from both the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros.

Last week, protesters in Pretoria and Johannesburg voiced their opposition to e-tolling during two simultaneous marches in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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.

It gave the departments of transport, finance, and housing until 17:00 on Monday to respond to their demands.

The SA National Roads Agency 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 still has to make a ruling after a judicial review of the e-tolls project.

Like Outa, Cosatu wants e-tolls scrapped, saying workers cannot afford it and government must prioritise efficient affordable public transport.

  • lulama - 2012-12-06 07:29

    Money must be diverted from Nkandla to the e-tolls.

      arthur.salvado - 2012-12-06 07:54

      Indeed a must lulama. Well said. Now people must make it happen. Let's stop SA becoming bother banana failed state. Together the people can do it.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-06 08:40

      E-TROLLS !!!!......

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-12-06 07:51

    sanral, you asked for this, you only have yourselves to blame for all the lies and deceit you spewed to the public - sanral, burn in Hades you corrupt lot of filth. We will never be tolled on OUR roads.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-12-06 07:52

    Go Cosatu go. Show these highway thieves that enough is enough and hat they no longer can thieve at will. Coming to join you in the next hour

  • flysouth - 2012-12-06 07:57

    Total confusion reigns it seems - various times have been published for this drive to commence. Last night the TV news said 0900, somewhere else it is 0800! With such poor organisation and communication it is bound to fail.

      luke.dekoker - 2012-12-06 09:45

      CancER instructed SABC to give false info with the hope nothing will happen.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-12-06 07:58

    Hay, if I didnt have to be at work today I would be right there at the Troll Gates with my Cosatu T-Shirt on singing Viva!!! You guys have my full support!

  • Wynand Scholtz - 2012-12-06 08:12

    @ Arthur: Haha, then I have a few questions that need to be answered before the Lotto this weekend! :)

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-12-06 08:26

    #flysouth...television lies. if course it will be convenient to start after peak traffic, but for whom ;-)

  • magnus.j.vanvuuren - 2012-12-06 08:40

    I love e-tolls

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-06 08:46

    i wish i could be there

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-12-06 09:34

    Maybe COSATU SHULD RUN THE Country!!!! **am just saying***..

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-06 09:49

    I would question Cosatu's motives. The last time that they marched against the e-tolls, they used it to highlight their more pressing issue of labour brokers. I still think that the ANC is using Cosatu to keep some semblence of control either side of the argument. They pull the strings at Sanral and at Cosatu and I don't trust either. Somehow this just smells funny.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-12-06 10:22

    Good move that it is combrades! Consistency is the key note! LNN

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