Protesters sing against tolls

2012-11-30 11:18

Johannesburg - A few dozen people gathered on a vacant piece of land at a street corner, where taxis usually park, ahead of a planned march in Pretoria against e-tolling.

By 09:30, people were seen milling around while others set up equipment at the corner of Sophie de Bruyn and Johannes Ramokhoase streets.

Police kept a close eye from their vehicles parked nearby.

Around 09:40 people began chanting: "An injury to one is an injury to all."

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) Thabatswae secretary Aggrey Mathe said: "It is the question of e-tolling. We are against that. We are pressuring the government."

Another man with a poster, Marchand Conradie, said living in a democracy meant having choices.

"If we live in a democracy we should have the opportunity to say if things can go ahead or not."

His poster read: "No open road toll."

Other posters read: "Scrap tolling for better public transport systems", "tolling = double taxation" and "Kill tolling, not the consumer".

The group will march to the transport and finance departments to hand over memorandums against e-tolling, City of Tshwane spokesperson Console Tleane said.

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

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

Like Outa, the Congress of SA Trade Unions wants 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's tolls.

  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-11-30 11:30

    Ek stem met Cosatu (Seker die enigste opinie ook), die ander provinsies moet saam betoog en hul stemme dik maak. Een of ander tyd gaan die ANC dit tog ooral wil implimenteer.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-30 14:29

      Nie een of ander tyd nie. Dis REEDS deel van SANRAL se planne soos dit in die hof voorgele is.

  • eugene.brink.9 - 2012-11-30 11:42


  • james.baillie.12764 - 2012-11-30 12:04

    Govermont can suck balls I not paying for Tolls

  • webstorm.isp.5 - 2012-11-30 12:05

    A few dozen? Thats not going to help much is it? Guess the rest of us have to work. For the first time ever I would say get ol Julias in there to stir some crap, he seems to be a expert in this field...

  • paul.stanley.5621 - 2012-11-30 12:27

    All I will say to SANRAL is" You Ma's Se E-Pos" I will not pay.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-30 13:11

    Pay e-Toll and get used to eating Epol while Scumral feast on Zuma's Fish and Chips and ANC KFC...........bottom line

  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-11-30 13:46

    Like I said in my post that was Deleted by N24. Perhaps when Zum-aap & co. squanders less of our hard earned tax money we would have the funds to pay for the E-tol. Until then, They can suck the tar, I will not pay a cent. Tired of us 5% tax payers carying the entire country and all government does is steal our money. And N24, you can delete my post as much as you'd like, but the Truth is the Truth, and it ALWAYS hurts! Freedom of speech, remember?

  • zagreg - 2012-11-30 14:24

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