Protesters gather for Joburg e-toll march

2012-11-30 10:10

Johannesburg - Protesters started arriving at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg before 9am on Friday ahead of a march to show their rejection of plans for tolled roads in Gauteng.

A few early arrivals danced to music being played from a sound system on a flat bed truck while shop stewards from the massive union federation gathered for last minute meetings.

Marchers there are expected to start gathering from about 09:30 and traffic officials have warned of road closures.

Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the marchers were expected to proceed to Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office in Simmonds Street, the transport department in Pritchard Street, and the housing department in Sauer Street, to hand over memorandums.

A similar march is set for Tshwane. Workers would gather at the corner of Sophie de Bruyn and Johannes Ramokhoase streets in Pretoria.

The group would go to the transport and finance departments to hand over memorandums against e-tolling in Gauteng, City of Tshwane spokesman Console Tleane said.

The protest was expected to finish at the City Hall there around 2pm.

The Opposition for Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) called on all participants in the protest marches to refrain from violence and damage to property.

"Outa ... trusts these will be conducted in a most peaceful manner to demonstrate society’s respect for property rights and the law," said Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage.

"It’s just the beginning"

"We share BUSA’s concerns and call on all participating in protest action to be responsible and refrain from any violence and damage to property," said Duvenage, referring to a similar call by Business Unity SA.

The High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday reserved judgment on the future of the e-toll system following a challenge by Outa.

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

Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi called on other provinces to join the opposition to Gauteng tolls.

Government spoksperson Thabo Masebe also called on protesters to abide by the law. "Government calls on marchers to exercise their right to protest within the ambit of the law," he said.

Earlier this week Cosatu provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile had threatened that the union federation's members would demolish the toll gantries if the government did not scrap the system.

Speaking to EyeWitness News on Thursday morning Dakile however said what he had meant was that government officials who tore down houses in Lenasia should also tear down the gantries.

Vavi said Friday's protest was just the beginning, with another protest planned for 6 December.

  • thabo.mdodo - 2012-11-30 10:40

    what de poeple dont undastand is that the contracters dont get paid until etolls are paid. striking for better wages is something, but trying to jew your way out of paying for a service shud be treason

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-11-30 10:54

      Thabo,the contractors do not get paid until e-tolls are paid is a laod of rubbish. The companies that are doing the w0rk do get paid, the only ones not getting paid are the leeches who want the toll fees and the backhanders.

      daniel.schotter - 2012-11-30 10:55

      Trying to what you way out of paying for a service? Anti-Semitic ignorant person.

      thabzmadi - 2012-11-30 10:57

      pay for a "service" we are already paying for with fuel levies, licensing fees etc on existing roads that have already been paid for, due to minor modifications ??? Wake up Thabo, government is taking you for a huge ride on this one!!!

      sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-11-30 10:58

      Thabo no one is holding you my bud, go and pay if you want to pay. i am not going to pay. come get me and charge me for treason - 2012-11-30 10:58

      Nice racist comment. Are you one of those tenderpreneurs waiting for payment?

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-11-30 10:59

      Are you serious Thabo? You honestly don't think that the contractors only get paid only when e-Toll starts? If you do, you are very naive. No business in it's right mind would allow something like that to happen. You are welcome to pay e-toll. I am not willing to part with my money to fund a non South African company that didn't provide alternatives.

      neiljvv - 2012-11-30 11:00

      You must be an SANRAL employee ?

      nick.v.heuvel.1 - 2012-11-30 11:07

      Bad Troll.......

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-11-30 11:07

      So you are happy to pay for something you didnt ask for or buy?

      joachim.bernstein - 2012-11-30 11:08

      If I ate a bowl of alphabet soup and took a dump I could come up with a better comment than yours, and I would get my spelling right! And what do you mean with "jew"? That alone is a racist remark.

      thaluki.malema - 2012-11-30 11:10

      @thabo.mdodo - your grasp of the English grammar is another example of the failed ANC education system. And your statement about "contracters dont get paid until etolls are paid." is wrong. All of us contractors got paid, long ago.

      sardick.davids - 2012-11-30 11:35

      thabo kcufffo

      ashley.stroebel - 2012-11-30 12:02

      Seriously.......We already paying for the roads with our tax, why pay extra for service they should be giving us anyways??? If theyimplement another way of getting the money then contracter will also get paid..... And the Auzzies will also get their money oooo wait our money!! Maybe Zuma should take out another bond then pay contracters....

  • emmanuel.roodt - 2012-11-30 10:45

    Come on Summer, come on South Africans, Lets join hands and win this one for us the public!!!!!!

  • sonntienator - 2012-11-30 10:52

    Oh my word!! They installed an e-toll system in Jbh as well? This is getting out of control :P

  • daniel.schotter - 2012-11-30 10:58

    I am glad that there is a stand being taken for this super tax that will eventually be unstoppable once implemented. I agree that there should be a charge for a better highway system, but to be honest my traffic has not improved, my time spent on the highway has not improved. I also didn't agree to pay for super fancy offices at every gantry point almost, I also did not agree that only a 3rd of the toll would actually go to the road. Just another "make a buddy a fat cat" scheme that will end up costing us a fortune in 1 to 2 years due to inflation and bonuses

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-30 11:16

      You already pay, that is what the 50% levy on your petrol bill is for.

  • nhlapop - 2012-11-30 11:00

    This one deserve SUPPORT.

  • cmcrobert - 2012-11-30 11:21

    Come on News24... pls at least get the headline right!!!!! It's JHB not JBH

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-11-30 11:52

    I just wish that all the idiots who vote for the ANC would/could realise that S Africa is no longer a democracy, that our Costitution is not worth the paper it is written on, that we have become a state ruled by despots who do what THEY want, regardless

  • ashley.stroebel - 2012-11-30 12:01

    Seriously.......We already paying for the roads with our tax, why pay extra for service they should be giving us anyways??? If theyimplement another way of getting the money then contracter will also get paid..... And the Auzzies will also get their money oooo wait our money!! Maybe Zuma should take out another bond then pay contracters....

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