Slow start to e-toll protest in Pretoria

2012-04-25 13:48

Pretoria - Protesters from Cosatu marched along Church Street in Pretoria on Wednesday in a protest against the e-tolling of highways in Gauteng.

They proceeded to the National Museum head office, singing and dancing to music booming from big speakers on a truck.

National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union official Klaas Manamela said the protest was also against changes at museums.

"Management at museums implemented re-structuring without consulting the union. We are stakeholders and should have been consulted by the arrogant management."

The protesters were to march to the transport department after noon to highlight their opposition to e-tolling, Manamela said.

Gauteng chairperson of the Congress of SA Trade Unions, Phutas Tseki, said the protesters' loyalty to the ruling African National Congress should not be questioned.

"We are not in opposition to the ANC. Whatever action we are taking against e-tolling and this museum, we are doing that because we love the ANC."

About 100 protesters waved placards saying, "Do not buy e-tags" and "Don't register with Sanral".

Tseki said: "It cannot happen that we pay these tolls. These tolls are against the freedom of movement promised in the Freedom Charter. We want to be allowed to move across the province without paying anything."

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  • Riad - 2012-04-25 13:59

    Looking for a reliable Donkey powered Wagon to commute via our soon to be tolled roads and I hear the price of grass is at least cheaper than the promises our government made to it’s constituency, that being “A Better Life for All”…….so I guess when I go under these gantries about the only picture they would get from my donkey powered wagon would be my JACKASS…… pun intended

      Zing - 2012-04-25 14:11

      They sell good grass in Lesotho, I hear. No toll roads there either ;)

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-25 14:19

      Ha ha @Riad - good one!

  • Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-25 14:09

    Not in opposition with the ANC? It's the ANC who will enforce this, they've invested too much in it to give in to protests. Sigh...some contradictions are beyond me.

  • Danny - 2012-04-25 14:09

    Freedom of Movement is enshrined in our constitution-why go against it?

      Michael - 2012-04-25 14:59

      Danny; Deducing from your statement, I guess you will also protest against paying for food and healthcare because they are also enshrined in the consitution (s27)?

  • Smile - 2012-04-25 14:11

    You take our money. We will still vote for you. You take our tenders. We will still vote for you. You take our loved ones. We still vote for you. The ANC is a dying, once it has this one party republic will finaly be a true democracy :)

      adam - 2012-04-25 18:29

      The anc is still a struggling movement.

  • William - 2012-04-25 14:12

    Rather wish it read...Don't Vote ANC....but sure lets address the symptom and not the illness.

  • Juicecard - 2012-04-25 14:15

    While i am entirely opposed to tolling, cosatu shouldn`t try to hijack us and try to kill two birds with one stone

      Marion - 2012-04-25 14:35

      My sentiments exactly.

  • mica.gogome - 2012-04-25 14:20

    Yet another oppressive system by means of e-tolling in Sa.Even when the money owed is fully recovered this etolling is not gonna stopped.They just want to make police job difficult because they know that they will police in to protesters.Gauteng is nolonger a friendly province.Is too bad.

  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-04-25 14:23

    My question is, if SCAMRAL and Treasury says that not going ahead will have an effect on future road building, then why the f@ck do they get another country to come here and do the work if SA can employ our own people?????????????????

      Peter - 2012-04-25 14:56

      Because, Ben, that other Company was involved in the arms deal ?? And the ANC owes them sh1t loads in return. Once a criminal, always a criminal. Thick as thieves. Etc etc etc etc.

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-04-25 14:23

    Now they bringing in other nonsense into this strikes again. Finally we have a chance to stand together but what does Cosatu do? They include other things in the strike. Just like last time!

  • Marion - 2012-04-25 14:33

    Museums? If they keep combining strike action they will not receive the support they want from everybody on eTolls.

      Alan - 2012-04-25 14:42

      eish - but the gantries will soon be Museum structures from the days when the ANC were in power.

  • Piet - 2012-04-25 14:34

    Hey Cosatu, fight one battle at a time losers!

  • Ken - 2012-04-25 15:01

    There is absolutely NO WAY the Government will back down on this one. The roads must be paid for. If it is not Etoll then increased taxes? How about VAT?

      VWhitepaw - 2012-04-25 15:48

      It is already taxed for. It is part of the petrol price. And next month the petrol goes up again...

  • VWhitepaw - 2012-04-25 15:46

    Sanral where very quick to say Public transport would not have to pay. I want them to show me how I must get to work with the public transport. Ride in a minibus taxi? They where quick bacause they fear a strike. How much it would cost the country. Maybe there is a hint. Fear the poor because they will strike. Rape the middle class because they would just complain and continue to slave away. A dog that barks does not bite...

      Marion - 2012-04-25 16:25

      Neither can a toothless dog...

  • Louis - 2012-04-25 16:50

    The covernment are stealing our money what about the 60% taxes on petrol what about that, theu are theives who steals our money daily. now the petrol are going up again while the oil prise went down are the people just accepting this we are the people why are we acceptingt this curruption against us how must the poor live not everyone are earning R20000 a month think about the poor who are atrucling daily.

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